The West Haven football team improved to 5-0 with a 57-6 drubbing of Wilbur Cross Friday evening in New Haven. The victory sets up Friday evening’s showdown of Top 10 teams when the Westies host Shelton at Ken Strong Stadium.
The Westies saw eight different players score as the team led 21-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at the half to set up running clock in the second half.
West Haven scored three times on the ground in the opening quarter as Jah’zire Massey scored from 14 yards out, Demarco Eady scored from three yards out and Armani Reid scored from 12 yards out.
The Westies put the game away in the second quarter with two rushing touchdowns, a touchdown pass, and an interception for a score.
Jeremiah Francis gave West Haven a 28-0 lead with a 72-yard touchdown run, Teriq Mallory caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Nick Conlan, and Deven Robinson ran in from one yard out. Avian Evans capped the first half scoring with an 85-yard interception return for a score.
Ethan Holy scored West Haven’s final touchdown with a 22-yard run, before Bryan Tillman ran in the two-point conversion.
The West Haven volleyball team dropped its second straight match and fell to 7-4 on the year with a 3-2 loss at Sacred Heart Academy. The scores of the match were 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, 5-15.
The Westies twice rallied after losing a game, but could not pick up the victory in the final game when the Sharks rolled to the 10-point win.
Asia Ford led the Westies with 16 kills, 12 digs, and eight blocks. Jenna Johnson added 24 assists and 14 digs, Astrid Portugal Morales had 10 digs, while Olivia McDonnell added eight kills, and Bianka Portugal Morales had eight kills and six digs.
West Haven snapped its losing streak and qualified for the postseason with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Wilbur Cross. The eighth victory of the season sealed a berth in the state tournament and helped the Westies improve to 8-4 on the year.
The Westies received a solid team effort in the 3-0 victory as Jenna Johnson ran the offense with 19 assists and six digs on the defensive side. McDonnell had 10 kills, while Ford added nine kills and six digs.
Alison Frazer chipped in seven digs defensively, Astrid Portugal Morales had four aces and three digs, while Jordyn Johnson had four digs.
West Haven won its second straight contest and improved to 9-4 with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 victory at Career Friday evening.
The close match saw the Westies prevail in each game, winning the first two games by six points apiece.
Jenna Johnson had a solid game for the Westies with 16 assists on the offensive side and eight digs on defense. Frazer had 11 digs, and Astrid Portugal Morales added six digs.
McDonnell had 13 kills, while Ford had a solid contest with 14 digs, six aces, four kills, and three blocks.
After winning two straight contests, the West Haven volleyball team saw its mini win streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss at Branford. The 20-25, 23-25, 22-25 loss dropped the Westies to 9-5 on the year.
After starting the season with six wins in the first seven games, the Westies have hit a rough patch, winning just three of the next seven contests.
West Haven defeated Branford earlier in the year and was in every game but could not find the consistency needed to pull out the victory.
Jenna Johnson led the way for West Haven with 11 assists, nine digs, three aces, and two kills. Dulcemaria Castillo had nine digs, while Ford had seven kills and four aces, and Frazer added six digs.
West Haven won its third match in four games and improved to 10-5 on the year with a 3-0 victory at Hillhouse Friday afternoon. The scores of the match were 25-11, 30-28, and 25-12.
After cruising to the victory in the opening game, the Westies had to battle in the second game, before prevailing by two points. The Westies then cruised to the third set victory.
Ford led the Westies with eight aces, eight kills, and four digs. Hudanur Sahin had 11 assists and five digs, Frazer added 10 digs and five aces, McDonnell had six kills, and Bianka Portugal Morales chipped in five digs.
The West Haven girls soccer team has been on a nice run as of late. That run got even better Monday evening.
Behind goals from Maya Bermudez and Julia Tsakonas, 11 saves from Kassidy Carrano, and stellar play from Ariana Izzo at midfield and Celia Williams on defense, West Haven topped Mercy 2-1 at Ken Strong Stadium.
The win was West Haven’s fourth in a row and the Westies are undefeated in their last five games to move to 5-3-1 on the year.
Mercy came into the contest with a 7-0-1 record and one of the top teams in the state, but the Westies struck early when Maya Bermudez scored off an assist from Tsakonas four minutes in.
That would be West Haven’s lone goal until late in the game. Until then, a complete team effort kept West Haven in the game and forcing the play until Tsakonas scored at the 70-minute mark.
The Westies did not allow Mercy to get the equalizer, setting up West Haven’s biggest win of the year to this point.
Following a run of four straight victories, West Haven has been dealt with a pair of tough losses. After a one-goal loss at North Haven, the Westies had a few days to regroup and get back on the winning track.
West Haven returned to action Tuesday evening with a home contest against Branford. Despite playing well, West Haven fell 1-0 to move to 5-5-1 on the year.
After an early goal by the Hornets, the West Haven defense and Carrano kept Branford off the scoreboard the rest of the way. While the defense kept the deficit at one, West Haven could not generate a goal on the flip side and dropped its second straight contest.
Carrano finished the game with 11 saves in the loss.
The offensive struggles continue for West Haven. Scoring just one goal in its last three contests, West Haven fell to Hand 2-0 in Madison Thursday evening.
The third straight loss for the Westies dropped the team’s record to 5-6-1 on the season. West Haven has been outscored 5-1 in the stretch.
Carrano made six saves in the loss for West Haven.
The West Haven boys soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw with Guilford Ken Strong Stadium.
The Westies moved to 2-5-2 with the draw and their winless streak is at four games.
Guilford took a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first half, before the Westies rallied in the second half to get the equalizer.
Just 10 minutes, 25 seconds into the second half, senior Sebastian Navarro set up sophomore Ethan Masoperh, who scored the tying goal.
The Westies had a 13-8 shot advantage in the contest, but managed just the goal by Masoperh. Sophomore Yahzeel Beyley made five saves in the tie.
West Haven saw its winless streak reach five games with a 1-0 loss at Wilbur Cross. With the defeat, West Haven fell to 2-6-2 on the year.
West Haven played well defensively in the contest, allowing just the one goal and 10 Cross shots. Beyley made seven saves, but West Haven could not connect offensively.
After a scoreless first half, Cross took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the second half. The deficit proved to be too much for a West Haven team which has scored just twice in the last five games.
Cross goalkeeper Dusty Gibbon was forced to make just three saves in the win for the Governors.
The West Haven cross-country team ran at Madison against Hand, Shelton and East Haven. The Westies defeated East Haven, but fell against Hand and Shelton.
The top runners for West Haven were Kittikhom Tighe in 18 minutes, 15 seconds, Matt Pagan in 18:40 and Dan Potter in 19:05.
Tighe also set a personal best at the divisional meet last week in 17:49.
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