The Gaels defeated Lyman Hall 10-2 in their regular season home finale to improve to 12-3-1.
Senior captain Mikey Sciortino led Shelton with three goals, while Isajiah Robles added a pair and Klaudio Marku, Jeffrey Santos, Nicola LoBello, Khaleed Dawkins and Tyler Carvalho each scored for the Gaels.
Jack Gaynor and Ryan Doyle scored the pair of the goals for the Trojans.
“We discussed a few things of what we’re going to start preparing for this week going into the playoffs so they responded very well,” said Shelton head coach Joe D’Auria. “They really wanted it today. They wanted to end on a positive note and it was great to see.”
LoBello started the scoring when Sciortino found him on a breakaway for a left-footed goal, his eighth of the season.
A few minutes later, Charles Gillespie found Dawkins at the right side of the net, who snuck one past Lyman Hall keeper Andrew Mastroianni for the score.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the field, the Gaels defense, consisting of Anthony Russo, Ethan Shuster, Sean Beachem and Santos, didn’t allow Lyman Hall to penetrate and get shots at Isaac Garcia in net.
Sciortino scored his first of the game on a pass from LoBello in the 17th minute to take a 3-0 lead. Robles found Carvalho six minutes later for the score into the left corner to make it 4-0.
One minute later, Carvalho found Robles, who booted it into the right corner to make it 5-0. Sciortino added his second score on a breakaway a minute later, before Marku scored his first of 2016 on a header to give Shelton a 7-0 lead.
The Trojans got on the board three minutes before the half thanks to a goal from Gaynor into the left side of the net.
In the second half, Shelton kept attacking despite their lead. Seven minutes in, Sciortino found Robles for a left-footed boot past Mastroianni to give Shelton a 8-1 lead.
Lyman Hall struck back with a goal from Doyle, who caught Garcia out of position and booted one past his outstretched arms.
Seventeen minutes into the second half, Santos scored, catching Mastroianni out of position to take a 9-2 lead.
Sciortino sealed the victory with a goal on a bicycle kick from 30 yards out to get his third goal and the Gaels the win, 10-2.
“He draws a lot of attention so it really helps us,” D’Auria said. “Some games we play off of him. Other games it’s difficult because if they have a good game plan…It takes us out of rhythm a little bit.”
Shelton currently holds the top wildcard spot for the SCC tournament, which begins on Saturday.