CIAC Girls Soccer Cromwell Outscores WHS, 3-0

WHERE THE ACTION IS - Besiana Dauti of the WHS Girls soccer team has been a post-season standout for the black and orange this fall. Dauti scored twice in her first tournament match, a 9-2 win over Montville High School on November 8. (Dreher photos) 

CROMWELL - After an overpowering 9-2 win in their first round CIAC match against Montville High School, the Watertown High School girls’ soccer team was brimming with confidence as they headed to Cromwell High School in search of much bigger game.

That was (or would have been) a  second round upset win over the undefeated Panthers, who came into the Class ‘M’ tournament with a 12-0-6 record.

Instead, the locals were not able to get on the scorebord as Cromwell edned their season with a 3-0 victory on November 10.

Starangely enough, Watertown suffered the same fate as the NVL Iron Division rival Wolcott High School did, as they were also ousted by a 3-0 score in a first round match against Cromwell on November 8.

Sophomore Katrina Barber gave Cromwell a 1-0 lead, a lead the Panthers built on late on goals by Olivia Lusitani and Erin Sokolowski while junior Lily Kennedy held WHS off in the Cromwell goal.

After overcoming a 0-2 start to their season and falling to 4-4- at one point, the team put things together with a seven-match winning streak, finishing with an 11-5-0 regular season mark, then advancing to the semifinal of the NVL tournament and the second round of the state tournament under the guidance of coach Melissa Ciarlo.

WHS FINALES: Playing their final matches for WHS were seniors Makayla Beauty, Alivia Brophy, Olivia Eshoo, Adilian Jusufi, Madison Mancini,  Torri DiStefano, Emma Geise, Paige Daigneault, Kara Davidson, and Kristina Kyle.

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