Caron, Stonington edge Waterford in girls' soccer final
Stonington — In spite of a season where the only thing predictable has been the unpredictable, Stonington High School has been the most consistent girls' soccer team within the Eastern Connecticut Conference.
And the Bears put an exclamation point on a bizarre fall by winning what the league calls its "championship experience" Friday night.
Stonington's Amelia Caron scored the game's lone goal off a corner kick from Rachel Sabbadini in the first half and the Bears blanked Waterford, 1-0.
Stonington, the home team Friday because of its No. 1 seeding, defeated Waterford twice this season and tied the Lancers once.
Caron's goal was more than enough for goalie Tori LoPresto, who shut out Waterford for the second time this season.
"We've improved immensely," Stonington coach Jen Solomon said. "There were moments of great play. The girls bought into the process. They all just wanted to play and have a season. We had one of the tougher schedules, playing everybody."
The Lancers advanced to the title game via penalty kicks 48 hours earlier, leaving coach Chris Ghiglia to wonder of his team had the time to "regenerate" after a hard game Wednesday at Bacon Academy.
Stonington would have had a chance to win three different titles this fall if not for some unfortunate news that was learned during the girls' game Friday night.
Saturday's scheduled ECC championship experience boys' soccer game was postponed because of COVID-19 related issues.
The game, which was to feature Ledyard and Stonington, will not be played because of a positive COVID test within the Stonington program. Stonington had defeated Ledyard two other times during the regular season.
The Bears entered the season as the defending ECC and Class M state champions.
Stonington's field hockey team joined girls' soccer in winning their respective league title events Friday.
"We started the season with cohorts of no more than 10. No more than 30 minutes with a ball," Solomon said. "The most important thing is that the girls bought in and did the best they could. We're one of the few teams that never got shut down. It's a testimony to how dedicated they were."
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