Soccer: Shelton class of the SCC

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The Shelton High boys soccer team. — Mike Suppe photo

The Shelton High School boys and girls soccer teams both captured SCC titles on Wednesday night at Crisafi Field in East Haven.

In the opening game of the championship doubleheader, Mikey Sciortino’s curling strike with 11:16 left in regulation gave Shelton a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Haven High.

Sciortino’s game-winning goal snapped a 2-2 deadlock and gave the fifth-seeded Gaels their first SCC title in school history.

West Haven, the sixth seed, had a chance to equalize late, but Salah Oumorou drove a freekick around a wall of defenders and off the crossbar from just outside the box.

Ryan Smith opened the scoring for Shelton in the 13th minute, converting a pin-point cross from Jay Shea. Oumorou and Blaise Haba then responded with goals for the Westies (11-3-4), before Connor Prindle’s low drive off of a deflection tied the game in the 28th minute.

Sciortino, who was named tournament Most Outstanding Player, then won it for the Gaels with the lone goal of the second half.

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The Shelton High girls soccer team. — Mike Suppe photo

In the nightcap, Shelton overturned a 2-0 deficit to sink Lauralton Hall 2-2 (3-1 in penalty kicks).

Caroline Monahan was the lone Lauralton Hall player to convert her penalty chance, as Gaelettes’ keeper Shelby Offord made two saves and another Crusader kick slammed off the post. Offord was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.

The second-seeded Crusaders, appearing in their first SCC title game, squandered a 2-0 lead in the final 13:30 of regulation.

After Mia Mulin converted a rebound off of Gianna Mecca’s chance with 7:34 left in the first half, the Crusaders (14-4-1) doubled their advantage on an own goal with 21:01 left to play.

Undaunted, Kaleigh Panek rifled a shot over Lauralton keeper Colleen McCarthy with 13:30 remaining to get Shelton on the scoreboard. It was Panek’s fourth marker of the SCC playoffs. Then, with 1:25 left, fourth-seeded Shelton (14-2-3) got the equalizer when Kathryn Arena slammed a shot home off of a corner kick from the left flag.

Neither team could produce a golden goal in overtime, but Michelle Gutierrez, Panek and Sarah Skoronski were good from the spot in penalty kicks to give Shelton its second SCC title and its first since 2010.

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