Cromwell’s Leila LeBlanc converted on a free kick at the 20:23 mark as the Panthers (6-0-5) remained unbeaten with their Shoreline Conference win Thursday in Portland.

Lily Kenney had 9 saves in the shutout, while Hannah Brunk had 4 for the Highlanders. Portland (6-2-2), which lost its second in a row, had a 14-5 advantage in shots.

Next Match: Cromwell hosts Hale-Ray, Friday, 3pm; Portland hosts East Hampton, Monday, 6.

Elsewhere around the county on Thursday:

Haddam-Killingworth 1, Valley Regional 1

Highlights: Leah Chester scored the equalizer for the Cougars after following up on her own breakaway. Valley keeper Liz Allen went to the ground after getting a hand on the ball, and Chester stayed with it and put it away 21:44 into the second half. Seven minutes earlier, the Warriors Sophia Surber scored off a set piece for a 1-0 lead. Allen finished with 6 saves, while H-K’s Sophia Torello had 5.

Next Match: H-K (6-4-2) hosts Morgan, Monday, 3:45; Valley (4-4-2) hosts Woodstock, Saturday, 6.

Morgan 5, East Hampton 0

Highlights: The Huskies improved to 8-0-4 behind five different goal scorers: Katie Martin, Taylor Maher, Caeley Ayer, Maeve Madura and Logan Pernal. Maher, Ayer, Glenda Zhiminaicela and Natalia Comiskey had an assist each, and keeper Angelina Comiskey had 4 saves in the shutout. East Hampton’s Jennifer Trip collected 11 saves.

Next Match: Morgan hosts East Lyme, Saturday, noon; East Hampton (4-6-2) at Portland, Monday, 6.

Mercy 6, Wilbur Cross 0

Highlights: Laney Smith led the Tigers with 2 goals, both scored in the second half. Grace Andrea, Megan Gallagher, Kate Donlan and Kaylee Benson also scored, with Donlan, Smith and Benson getting credited with an assist each. Mercy outshot Cross 18-2 and led 3-0 at the half. Melina Ford had 1 save for Mercy, while Yanit Vasquez had 5 for the Governors.

Next Match: Mercy (8-2-2) hosts East Haven at Xavier, Monday, 3:45.

Boys Soccer

Portland 3, Cromwell 1

Highlights: Brady Talerico, Caiden Hettrick-Rivera and Gio Discenza scored for the Highlanders, who raised their record to 8-3-1. Jacob Salafia scored for the host Panthers (6-5-1). It was the team’s lone meeting in the regular season.

Next Match: Cromwell hosts Bolton, Monday, 6; Portland at East Hampton, Tuesday, 6.

Middletown 8, New Britain 0

Highlights: At Rosek-Skubel Stadium, both Dario Rigano and Marshall Butler had a hat trick to power the Blue Dragons, who are now 7-1-3. Seshank Sekar and Alex Foligno also scored for Middletown. Kris Bocchio had 3 assists, Rigano 2 and Butler 1. Tyler Hahn had 2 saves for Middletown, while Max Szczepanik had 5 for New Britain (3-5).

Next Match: Middletown hosts Bristol Eastern, Tuesday, 3:45.

Volleyball

Valley Regional 3, Hale-Ray 2 (25-17, 25-23, 16-25, 12-25, 15-11)

Highlights: For Valley, Madison Nevaier had 34 digs, 7 kills and 2 aces; Salmi Miller had 23 digs, 7 kills, and 1 ace; and Audrey Board had 9 kills and 1 block. For Hale-Ray Brooke Praskievicz had 18 kills, 31 digs, and 7 aces; Mia Carta added 15 digs; and Ashley Malone had 7 kills.

Next Match: Valley hosts Coginchaug, Friday, 6:30; Hale-Ray (8-6) hosts Morgan, Friday, 5:30.

Mercy 3, Lyman Hall 1 (25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-16)

Highlights: Jasmine Mendez had 14 digs and Ava Chrostowski had a strong all-around game with 7 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces.

Next Match: Mercy (8-6) hosts Sheehan, Monday, 5:15.

Manchester 3, Middletown 1 (11-25, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26)

Highlights: For the Blue Dragons (1-11), Tori Minor had 8 aces and 4 kills; Jada Bryant had 7 kills; and Jordan Lapoint had 7 aces.

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