Yumi Imai Collects Hat Trick In H-K’s Win Over Coginchaug

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HIGGANUM — Haddam-Killingworth’s undefeated start remained intact Wednesday, courtesy of a scoring flurry in the second half of the Cougars’ match against Coginchaug.

The Shoreline Conference girls soccer rivals were tied at 2 at halftime before H-K scored three times in a 19-minute stretch for a 5-2 victory, their fourth in this year’s compacted 11-game regular season.

Junior Yumi Imai scored twice in the first half and notched a hat trick when she converted a pass from senior Kedarjah Lewis midway through the second half, giving the Cougars a two-goal cushion.

“We were a little slow to get our rhythm going today,” H-K coach Mike Shea said. “We snapped back in the second half.”

Yumi Imai, left, and H-K teammate Kedarjah Lewis factored mightily in the Cougars’ 5-2 win over Coginchaug on Wednesday.

Lewis’ goal at 8:05 of the second half put the Cougars ahead. Lewis set up Imai for each of her three scores, while Rory Parri scored H-K’s final goal and assisted Lewis at the start of the second half.

Alyssa Woodward gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the match. Her sister, Allyson, also scored in the first half.

Brianna Nugent had six saves for the Cougars, who shut out their first three opponents.

“Our defense stepped up and limited the opportunities for Coginchaug,” Shea said. “Both goalkeepers made some great saves today.”

Claire DeFlora had six saves for the 1-1-2 Blue Devils, who host Old Lyme on Friday.

H-K visits Cromwell on Friday.

Elsewhere around the county Wednesday:

GIRLS SOCCER

Morgan 6, Westbrook 0
CLINTON – Morgan celebrated Senior Day with its second win of the season, with Carley Schmidt scoring in each of the Shoreline match at Indian River Complex.

Nine different Huskies factored in the scoring. In the first half, Schmidt was assisted by Genna Rauccio, Emily Smith by Angelina Comiskey and Jessie Flanagan by Katie Martin.

In the second half, Olivia Riccio’s goal was set up by Julia Tanner, Schmidt was assisted by Rauccio and Caeley Ayer by Rauccio again.

Morgan (2-1-1) outshot 0-4 Westbrook 14-1. Adrianna Stranieri had eight saves for the Knights. Emma Lindsay had one save for the Huskies.

On Friday, Morgan visits Portland and Westbrook visits East Hampton (3:45 p.m. starts for both).

Mercy 4, Lyman Hall 0
MIDDLETOWN – Mercy improved to 4-0 on the season as Kate Donlan scored two goals in the Tigers’ SCC victory over Lyman Hall. Mercy outshot Lyman 25-6.

Donlan gave Mercy the lead just 91 seconds into the match. Grace Riegler scored unassisted nine minutes later as Mercy took a two-goal advantage into the break.

Katie Menard assisted on both Mercy scores in the second half, first for Haley Morales four minutes in and then for Donlan at 50:12.

Mercy keeper Melina Ford had four saves. Piper Schwab and Marissa Newman combined for 13 saves for Lyman Hall (0-4).

Mercy visits Sacred Heart Academy on Friday.

BOYS SOCCER

H-K 0, Coginchaug 0
DURHAM — The Cougars and Blue Devils managed just three shots on goal apiece. Dylan Zolnik had one save for Coginchaug, while Cal Bravers had twosaves for H-K.

VOLLEYBALL

Valley Regional 3, North Branford 0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-10)
Emma Counter had 26 assists and 5 aces and Ava Boyles had 19 kills in the Warriors’ Shoreline Conference win.

Hale-Ray 3, Old Lyme 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-14)
Jackie Parker had 7 kills and Brooke Praskievicz contributed 8 aces and 13 assists in the Noises’ Shoreline win. For Old Lyme, Maddie Thompson had 8 digs and Abby Speckhals contributed 11 assists.

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