The West Haven girls soccer team coming off a shutout over Lyman Hall, came up with two, more big shutout wins behind Mackenzie Gardner and the Westie defense last week. On Wednesday evening, the Blue Devils hosted the East Haven Yellow Jackets. The West Haven defense limited the East Haven opportunities and Cori Severino set up Kelsey Gilmore 3:56 into the second half for the only goal of the contest and the 1-0 victory. Gardner stopped all three shots she faced to get the shutout.
On Thursday evening, the Westies were at it again shutting down the Foran Lions for a 1-0 win. The only goal of the game came 9:30 into the second half off a scramble on a corner kick. The ball found Selena Izzo, who found the back of the net for the eventual game winner. Mackenzie Gardner made seven saves between the pipes for West Haven to record her third, consecutive shutout victory. The Westies have relied on solid defense with Madison Barbieri, Erin Smith, Julie Walker, Tomalyn Williams and Caitlyn Walker all contributing to their success.
This week, the girls traveled to face Sacred Heart Academy on Tuesday and then host the North Haven Indians on Friday at 7.
The football team traveled to Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport on Friday evening to face the Bassick Lions. The Blue Devil offense got off to a rough start with an interception and a fumble on its first, two possessions but the Westies’ defense came up with two, huge stops on the six and fourteen yard lines. That seemed to jumpstart the offense as the Blue Devils put up 30 points in the last six minutes of the first quarter to take a commanding lead.
Jordan Berrios got things going when he busted a 78-yard touchdown run to get the Westies on the board 6-0 with 6 minutes left in the first quarter. Twenty-one seconds later Tylen Jennette stepped up with an interception, returning it 28 yards for a touchdown. After the defense held the Lions on the next possession, it was Jennette again, taking a handoff and racing 35 yards for the touchdown. He added the two-point conversion and it was 21-0 with 3:40 left in the quarter. The defense came up big again on the next Bassick possession, dropping the Lions for a couple of losses and then cashed in with a safety when the snap sailed over the punter’s head and into the end zone making it 23-0 with 58 seconds left in the opening quarter. Jordan Berrios put an exclamation point on the quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run with 9.6 seconds left in the quarter for a 30-0 lead.
The second quarter was no kinder to the Bassick Lions. Joe Rosemond intercepted a Lion pass to set the Blue Devils up deep in Bassick territory. Quarterback Troy Nelson took a snap and followed his blockers to the right and a 5-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 37-0. The defense continued to stifle Bassick when Demerick Blackford picked off a pass giving the Westies the ball at the Lions’ 33-yard line. Manny Haba capped the drive with an 8-yard TD run to make it 44-0 with 1:25 left in the half.
With the clock running for the rest of the game, Bassick struck for a 91-yard touchdown run just 2:15 into the second half. The Blue Devils put the finishing touches on the victory with a Damian Torres 31-yard touchdown run with 5:35 left in the game for the 50-6 final.
The Blue Devils will enjoy their bye week this week and will return to action when they travel to Madison on Oct. 12 to face the Hand Tigers at the Surf Club at 7.
The boys soccer team suffered a 5-1 loss to the undefeated Xavier Falcons on Wednesday evening in Middletown. The lone West Haven goal came off the foot of freshman Brian Rivadera. The Blue Devils bounced back with their third victory of the season when they defeated the Lyman Hall Trojans, 3-1, at Ken Strong Stadium on Friday evening.
This week, the Westies played cross-town rival on Tuesday at Veterans Field and finish the week with a trip to Milford on Friday to take on the Foran Lions at 6.
The volleyball team has hit a tough stretch, dropping its fourth and fifth losses in a row before rebounding with a dominating victory on Friday. On Monday, the Westies were swept by the Lauralton Hall Crusaders 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-20). Nancy Tapia had five digs and four kills, Irene Ronan had five kills, Noelle Noble had eight digs, Jennifer Ortiz had nine assists and Giliana Santaniello had four aces, two kills, three digs and four assists.
On Wednesday, the Blue Devils had an epic first game before falling 30-28 and then proceeded to drop the next, two games, 25-20 and 25-14, to get swept by the Shelton Gaels. Nancy Tapia had six digs and three kills, Noelle Noble had five digs, Jennifer Ortiz had five assists and four digs while Irene Ronan had four blocks, two kills and two aces.
The Westies needed a solid performance on Friday and got what they needed in a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-11, 25-20) over the Career Panthers. The Blue Devils got a total team effort with Nancy Tapia leading the way with six kills, six digs and two assists. Noelle Noble had nine digs and four kills while Giliana Santaniello had 11 assists in the victory.
This week, the girls hosted Lyman Hall on Monday and will host Sacred Heart Academy on Thursday and Hillhouse on Friday both at 5:15.