Randazzo-Fox Connection Leads Cromwell Past Hale-Ray

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CROMWELL – With what promises to be a grueling week of soccer to come, unbeaten Cromwell got warmed up for it with a 3-1 Shoreline Conference boys victory over Hale-Ray.

Senior Zack Randazzo and junior Logan Fox clicked on Friday. Randazzo scored two goals and assisted Fox, while Fox scored and set up both of his teammate’s scores.

“The boys played well. We played a very good possession game today,” Panthers coach Angelo Morello said. “I thought Hale-Ray played in the second half and challenged us. We stood up to it and I’m very pleased.”

SHORELINE STANDINGS

  • Valley Regional……..6-0-1
  • Old Saybrook………..5-2-0
  • Morgan…………………5-2-0
  • Cromwell………………4-0-2
  • Old Lyme………………4-1-1
  • East Hampton……….4-2-1
  • Haddam-Kill………….3-2-2
  • Portland………………..2-4-1
  • Coginchaug…………….2-4-1
  • Hale-Ray………………..1-5-0
  • Westbrook……………..1-6-0
  • North Branford……….0-7-0

Cromwell, playing its first match in eight days, improved to 4-0-2. The win followed draws against East Hampton and Haddam-Killingworth.

The Panthers’ coming week begins with a home match against Valley Regional (6-1-0) on Tuesday, followed by road tests versus Morgan (5-2-0) at Indian River Complex on Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Old Lyme (4-1-1) on Saturday (10 a.m.).

“We have a tough week,” Morello said. “It will separate the men from the boys. We look forward to the challenge.”

In other Shoreline Conference boys games on Friday:

Old Saybrook 3, Portland 0
PORTLAND – The Rams scored three times in the second half and keeper Matt Rothman turned away several excellent opportunities by the Highlanders in their Shoreline win.

“Matt Rothman was stellar in the net,” Old Saybrook coach Steve Waters said. “He had three saves that were exceptional.”

The Rams (5-2-0) went ahead on an own goal when Gannon Efinger’s free kick into the box was misdirected by a Portland defender.

Bradley Kulmann scored from 22 yards out, his third goal of the season, and Cam D’Angelo iced the match with his third goal of the season.

Keeper Zack Doncet had 15 saves for Portland (2-4-1).

East Hampton 5, Old Lyme 0
EAST HAMPTON – Freshman Ethan Marshall’s hat trick and senior captain Justin Landon’s hat trick added up to a Bellringers rout of the Wildcats.

East Hampton (4-2-1) has put up 12 goals in its last three matches, winning two. Old Lyme (4-1-1) lost for the first time in six games.

Valley Regional 9, Coginchaug 2
DEEP RIVER – Ryan Silva scored four goals and Jake Burdick two as Valley overpowered Coginchaug in a Shoreline game.

Coginchaug controlled play for the opening 15 minutes before numerous errors in the defensive third of the field caused the Blue Devils’ unraveling.

Michael Brooks and Sam Helsel also scored for the Warriors (6-1-0), while PJ Casey-Leonard and Tyler Kobus scored for Coginchaug (2-4-1).

Ian Silva had two saves in net for Valley. Dylan Zolnik had two saves for Coginchaug.

VOLLEYBALL

Old Lyme 3, Cromwell 0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-8)
Melanie Warren had 7 aces and Riley Nelson came up with 7 digs to lead the Wildcats (4-3) to their Shoreline win.

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