November 26, 2020

Old Lyme Girls Sail Into Shoreline Semis After Boys Bow Out

Lila Powers races down the field in a determined effort to beat her Old Saybrook opponent to the ball. All photos by E. Mauro.

OLD LYME — Having watched the third-seeded Old Lyme boys unexpectedly lose 3-1 to #6 seeds Haddam-Killingworth, the top-seeded Old Lyme girls came out slightly nervously Wednesday afternoon to face Old Saybrook, who were seeded eighth.

Jesper Silberberg (left) scores the only goal for Old Lyme in Wednesday’s quarter-final game against Haddam-Killingworth.

The lone scorer for the boys, who are coached by Ally Gleason, was Jesper Silberberg.

Ali Kyle at right in photo (#21) scored the first goal for Old Lyme while #17 McKenzie Machnik guarded an Old Saybrook defender closely.

In the girl’s game, Old Saybrook scored first and then Ali Kyle equalized for Old Lyme off a rebound from a Maddie McCullough shot.

Maddie McCullough (center) created the opportunity for Ali Kyle to score Old Lyme’s first goal and then scored the decisive third goal herself.

Emily DeRoehn scored the second goal for the Wildcats to take the score to 2-1 at the half.

Grace Lathrop (#3) storms down the field ahead of a Saybrook defender.

Coach Paul Gleason must have had some motivating words for his team during half-time because the girls came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.

Luisa Raby (#10) advances towards a loose ball.

The Wildcats came out in the second half with renewed confidence and sophomore McCullough then put the ball in the net herself to score the ‘Cats third goal.

Abby Manthous

The impressive fourth Old Lyme goal was scored off a free-kick by sophomore Alexis Fenton.

Alexis Fenton scored Old Lyme’s fourth goal.

Senior Lauren Wallace (#18 in photo below) scored the final goal for the ‘Cats.

Sophomore Ryleigh Russell, filling in for regular goalie Sam Gray, made numerous important saves.

The final score was 5-1 to Old Lyme, who now play their semifinal game at home against fourth-seeded Coginchaug on Friday with a 2 p.m. kick-off.

Stephanie Mauro (#4) and McKenzie Machnik (#17) made important contributions to Old Lyme’s victory.

In the boy’s game, Tim O’Brien (center in photo below, at left) played a significant role …

… while Jonah Lathrop gave a strong performance in goal.

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