Boys soccer: Shelton drops Wilbur Cross, marches on in Class LL

Mikey Sciortino and Nicola LoBello challenge for a header in Shelton's 2-0 win over Cross on Thursday night. — Keith Shuster photo

Mikey Sciortino and Nicola LoBello challenge for a header in Shelton’s 2-0 win over Cross on Thursday night. — Keith Shuster photo

The Shelton High boys soccer team advanced to the Class LL state quarterfinals for the first time since 2009 on Thursday night, defeating SCC foe Wilbur Cross, 2-0, at Finn Stadium.

The seventh-seeded Gaels (17-3-1), the SCC champions, will face No. 2 Greenwich (17-0-4), the FCIAC co-champions, on Saturday in the Class LL quarterfinals at 2 p.m. in Greenwich.

Shelton has been eliminated by an FCIAC side the previous four seasons — twice losing to Wilton High, and falling once each to Darien and Fairfield Warde.

Against Cross, the No. 10 seed, Mikey Sciortino netted the opening goal with 22:44 left in the first half, with Tyler Carvalho providing the assist. Will Gillespie then scored an insurance goal with 22:38 left, moments after one of the Governors was sent off with a straight red card.

Sciortino kept the ball alive on the end line following Kyle Gil’s free kick, tapping the ball across to Gillespie — who fired it into the back of the net.

Gaels’ keeper Isaac Garcia recorded his third consecutive clean sheet in net, aided by a defensive effort keyed by fullback Anthony Russo.

Greenwich punched its ticket to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over No. 18 seed Newtown High.

Wilbur Cross finished the season at 13-6 overall.

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