The West Haven football team fell to 2-5 on the year with a 14-12 loss to Hillhouse at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven Friday evening. The loss was West Haven’s second straight after winning two in a row.
The Senior Night contest saw the two teams struggle to get going offensively, before Hillhouse used its special teams to help pull out the victory.
West Haven’s touchdowns came in different ways. Jaden Grant scored on the ground from 14 yards out, and Andre Rentas hit Justin Medina for an 8-yard scoring strike.
The season has ended for the West Haven volleyball team. Traveling to Woodbridge to Amity in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament, 15th-seeded West Haven fell, 3-0. The loss by scores of 25-14, 25-17, 25-18 completed West Haven’s season with a mark of 12-10.
“We started off a little flat and couldn’t get our offense going,” West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. “I saw some positive things throughout the match, but we just weren’t consistent enough with any of our skills.”
Amity was in control from the start, topping West Haven by 11 points in the opening game, and eight points in the second game.
“Bria (Stanley) and Noelle (Noble) played pretty well at the net, and defensively we worked hard,” Coldren said. “Sadly, we just didn’t do enough to keep our season alive. Despite the way we ended up this season, I was extremely proud of this team this season. They showed tremendous spirit and worked really hard to accomplish everything they did. I can’t thank my seniors enough for their dedication and pride in continuing to build our program.”
Giliana Santaniello led West Haven with eight assists and four digs. Bria Stanley added five kills and five digs, Noelle Noble had six kills and four digs, Savannah Lopez chipped in four assists, four digs, and three kills, while Neve Krajcir and Thiana Baez each had four digs.
The West Haven boys’ soccer team opened the 2019 postseason with a play-in contest against Norwich Free Academy Saturday afternoon at Ken Strong Stadium. In frigid conditions, the 30th-seeded Westies topped NFA, 3-1.
With the victory, West Haven advanced to the opening round of the state tournament against third-seeded East Hartford Monday afternoon.
The Westies had three different goal scorers against NFA and took a 1-0 lead at the 8 minute, 42 second mark when Bernard Ocansey scored off an assist from Aldo Barragan. NFA evened the game4:13 before the end of the half to send the contest to the break deadlocked at one.
Barragan gave West Haven the lead for good at the 67:13 mark and Derick Meza scored 7:44 later for a 3-1 advantage.
West Haven held a 14-5 shot advantage in the win with Brian Carew making just two saves.
The postseason was not a long one for the West Haven boys soccer team. After topping Norwich Free Academy in a qualifying game Saturday afternoon, the 30th-seeded Westies traveled to play third-seeded East Hartford Monday afternoon.
Scoring twice in a span of 1:09, East Hartford ended West Haven’s season with a 3-1 victory in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament.
Rajay Robinson gave East Hartford a 1-0 lead at the 13:28 mark of the first half, but that was all the host team could manage until the 42 minute mark. Ryah Dylan scored at 42:36 and Yaw Nimo-Aquare tallied again at 43:45 for a 3-0 advantage.
Barragan got West Haven on the board at 61:23, but the Westies never got closer.
West Haven was outshot 16-8 in the contest with Carew making seven saves in the loss for the Westies.
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