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Shelton High's girls and boys soccer teams advanced to their respective Southern Connecticut Conference finals with semifinal victories on Monday night at Finn Stadium.

Coach Marvin Miller's Gaelettes withstood a late charge from Mercy High to earn a 4-3 victory in their semifinal, while Ryan Smith's goal propelled coach Joe D'Auria's Gaels past Hamden High, 1-0.

Smith's marker sent Shelton, the fifth seed, to the SCC final for the first time in school history. Opposing the Gaels will be sixth-seeded West Haven High, which blanked second-seeded Fairfield Prep in their semi.

West Haven and Shelton will square off at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, while the Gaelettes will take on second-seeded Lauralton Hall at 7 in the girls final.
The Gaelettes had a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead following Sarah Skoronski's second goal of the game with 16:47 left to play in their semifinal matchup.
But the eighth-seeded Tigers, who upset top-seeded Guilford High in the quarters on Saturday, battled back valiantly.
Emily Tylki beat the Shelton defense on the restart after Skoronski's marker, slotting a shot past Shelby Offord to make it 4-2. Mercy (9-5-4) then converted off of a corner kick, when Alexis Porter hammered a high-arcing shot into the back of the net in the 70th minute.
The Tigers kept the pressure dialed up, but fourth-seeded Shelton held them off and punched its ticket to the SCC final for the first time since 2012. Shelton reached the finals three years in a row from 2010-12, winning its lone title in 2010.
Early on, Mercy hit a post from distance with 25 minutes left in first half.
Skoronski then converted a feed from midfielder Juliane Niedzwiecki to open the scoring at 20:44, before the Tigers stuck for the equalizer 45 seconds from the break. Ryan Miela knocked home her effort, as the Gaelettes conceded a goal in the final minute of the first half for the second game in a row.
Kaleigh Panek restored Shelton's one-goal edge at the 33:46 mark of the second half, with Skoronski recording the assist this time.
Sophomore Kelly Hurd then doubled the lead, collecting a pass from Kathryn Arena and rounding Mercy keeper Alyssa Morrissey. Porter attempted a sliding clearance to keep it off the line, but was too late, as it crossed over for a 3-1 cushion.
Skoronski's second strike staked Shelton (13-2-3) to a three-goal advantage, before Mercy stormed back with its late-game flurry.