Shelton edges Amity to stay unbeaten

Down a goal early, the Shelton High girls soccer team responded with two unanswered goals to trump SCC foe Amity of Woodbridge, 2-1, at Finn Stadium on Saturday night.

Megan Burke and Abby Brannen scored for Shelton (5-0-1), while Cassie Giza scored the lone goal for the Lady Spartans (3-2-1).

“That was a great team,” Shelton coach Marvin Miller said. “I always say the toughest teams in the SCC are in the Housy.

“We needed to break out, we had played in a lull the past couple of games so we get this game to get our spirits up.

“Giving the early goal up definitely put us back on our heels but we converted and we took control of the game.”

Amity indeed put Shelton on its heels early when Giza booted a kick in from 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead.

Shelton responded with a relentless attack with shots from Selina Jose, and centered passes from Kelly Howard to Laurel Bailey and Burke in the Amity zone.

Alexis Zoppi nearly scored on a breakaway minutes later, but her kick was saved by Amity keeper Zoie Reed.

The Gaelettes tied things at 1 on a rocket off the foot of Burke past the outstretched arms of Reed.

Shelton kept attacking in the second half with shots from Zoppi and a penalty kick from Kelly McCormack, but Reed didn’t let anything through.

The Gaelettes snatch the lead midway through the session, Yarden Tepper threw the ball in to Abby Brannen, who headed the ball over the arms of Reed to give Shelton a 2-1 lead.

“Tepper makes a great throw and Abby Brannon heads that ball beyond the keeper into the far post,” Miller said. “That was a great goal.”

Shelton continued to threaten the Spartans, as Marlee Figueroa found Burke for the open goal but she missed wide left.

Zoppi nearly made it 3-1 on a breakaway goal with Reed out of position, but Meaghan Howard kicked away her shot to keep it at 2-1.

“This is a big win,” Miller said. “We’re six games in, we have Cheshire next game and we’re out to defend our division championship and these are the two guys that stand between us.

“We needed this win to take this positively into Cheshire on Monday.”

Shelton played the Rams (5-0-2, 2-0-1 SCC) to a scoreless draw.

Micaela Joyce made 17 saves, as the Rams won the shots-on-goal battle 23-8.