The Shelton High boys soccer team didn’t need to be reminded about how long it had been since its last victory against Guilford. When you lose eight straight games against the same team over an eight-year span with all eight decisions coming by shutout, it tends to linger.
Shelton head coach Joe D’Auria decided to do it anyway, filling his pregame talk with bad memories wrapped in Guilford green.
“We were talking about that in the locker room,” junior midfielder Connor Prindle said. “That was definitely our motivation tonight.”
Thanks to some great ball control, solid defense and a fantastic goal by Prindle, the undefeated Gaels were able to end its bad karma against the Indians, posting a solid 1-0 victory Monday night at Finn Stadium.
Prindle broke a scoreless deadlock with 13:17 left in the first half, beating Guilford goalkeeper Colin Brockseiper with a perfectly-struck shot from 45 yards out. Senior forward Luke Martin worked hard to gain possession of the ball at midfield after fighting through the tackle of a Guilford defender. Martin pushed the ball across the field to the right and Prindle blasted a shot that curled under the crossbar and just over the reach of Brockseiper.
It was Prindle’s second goal this season.
See this week’s Shelton Herald for complete game coverage.