Boys soccer: Gaels knock off unbeaten Cheshire

The Shelton High boys soccer team exploded for three second-half goals, breaking open a scoreless first half en route to a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Cheshire on Friday night at Finn Stadium.

The Gaels, who will take on SCC Housatonic Division opponent Sheehan of Wallingford Monday on Senior Night, have now won five straight matches in which the Gaels have scored 22 goals.

Senior midfielder Connor Prindle gave Shelton a 1-0 lead when he scored from 30 yards out on a free kick in the game’s 49th minute.

Ryan Smith retrieved a loose ball after a corner kick and blasted home a shot with 21:31 remaining to up Shelton’s lead to 2-0.

Isaijah Robles, who scored three goals earlier in the week in a 5-1 win over Amity Regional, finished off the Gaels’ scoring spree after taking a pass from Kyle Gil. His shot beat Cheshire goalkeeper Jared Chase from 15 yards out. Robles scored at 18:09.

“This is a huge Housatonic Division win for us,” Shelton coach Joe D’Auria said. “Our first goal changed the entire complexion of the game. Throughout the first half, they used a compact defense and didn’t allow us to open up the field. Once we got the ball to the outside, it let us spread out their defense and move the ball much better.”

Cheshire entered the match with a 9-0-1 record and was ranked as the top team among all Class LL teams.

“I thought we dominated the first half,” said Cheshire coach Artur Branco. “All we couldn’t do was score. Two of their three goals came off of dead-ball plays. We lost our mind-set at times and, once we got down, we were never able to recover.

Shelton held a 6-3 edge in shots and improved its overall record to 7-4-1. The Gaels are 2-2 in the Housatonic Division, while Cheshire is 4-1.