Cromwell Blitzes Coginchaug In Second Half for 3-0 Win

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DURHAM – Cromwell scored twice in the final seven minutes to turn what had been a scoreless match at the half into a 3-0 Shoreline Conference boys soccer win on Monday.

Joe Salafia, Zach Randazzo and Logan Fox scored for the Panthers. Randazzo has five goals in two games.

“I told them at halftime, ‘Continue to carry the play and be patient. We only need one goal,’” Cromwell coach Angelo Morello said. “I just didn’t want the boys to press.”

Cromwell improved to 2-0 and has yet to allow a goal. Keeper James Grodzicki had five saves.

“Cromwell controlled play for much of the game, but we stayed organized and fought hard until the final 10 minutes,” Coginchaug coach Matt Thompson said.

The Blue Devils were outshot 19-11. Dylan Zolnik had 14 saves for Coginchaug (1-1).

“I thought Coginchaug played hard and they are so well-coached,” Morello said. “I like where we are as a team at this moment. With that said, we have a lot that we can improve on.”

Cromwell hosts Westbrook on Thursday, while Coginchaug visits East Hampton (both at 3:45 p.m.).

Elsewhere in the Shoreline on Monday: Portland 2, Old Lyme 2; Old Saybrook 2, H-K 0; Valley Regional 2, Westbrook 0; East Hampton 8, North Branford 0.

Old Saybrook 2, Haddam-Killingworth 0

OLD SAYBROOK – Bradley Kulmann scored in the first half and Gannon Efinger cashed in on a penalty kick in the second to help the Rams secure a 2-0 start to the season.

Kulmann was assisted by Seth Adams. Old Saybrook played a man down from the 30th minute onward due to a red card.

Rams goalie Matt Rothman had one save. Will Peralta (four) and Cal Brarens (eight) were in goal for the Cougars (1-1), who were outshot 10-2.

Valley Regional 2, Westbrook 0

WESTBROOK – Tucker Burr and Jake Burdick scored for the Warriors in their second straight win to start the season.

Westbrook keeper Tyler Hoadley had 14 saves. The Knights fell to 0-2.

Ian Silva had one save for the Warriors.

Portland 2, Old Lyme 2

PORTLAND – Brady Talerico and Luke Francesco scored in the first half to give the Highlanders a 2-1 halftime lead, but Old Lyme got the equalizer with 20 minutes left in the match to come away with a tie.

“Old Lyme created a turnover in our defensive end and finished the chance,” first-year Portland coach Mike Searson said. “I think we were able to control play earlier on. Later in the game Old Lyme had us on our heels and was able to create some chances.”

Portland is 0-1-1. Old Lyme is 1-0-1.

FIELD HOCKEY

Old Saybrook 3, Morgan 1

CLINTON – Taylor Stone had a goal and assist in Old Saybrook’s Shoreline Conference victory over the Huskies.

Grace Adams and Libby Stuart also scored for the Rams (), with Kayla Holt assisting on Stuart’s score.

Nori Lopez scored for Morgan on an assist from Alex Wolf. Goalie Abby Gordon had 24 saves for the Huskies (1-1).

For Old Saybrook, Brianna Aspajo-Berdiales had one save in the first half and Kate Molesky had three saves in the second.

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