November 22, 2019

Old Lyme Soccer Girls Meet Holy Cross in Class S State Final Tomorrow; Fifth Time in a Row That Team Has ReachedFinal

The Old Lyme girls gather happily for a team photo with Coach Paul Gleason (at right) after defeating NW Catholic 2-0 at Xavier High School in the Class S State Championship semifinal. Photo by Ally Gleason.

LYME-OLD LYME — The eighth-seeded Old Lyme girls varsity soccer team faces #3 Holy Cross at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Veteran’s Park in New Britain in their bid to become Class S state champions for the fifth time in a row. Fan buses are being run from Old Lyme and it is anticipated that a huge crowd of hometown supporters will be there to cheer on the girls.

Old Lyme defeated NW Catholic 2-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday when Lydia Tinnerello, one of five team captains for Old Lyme, scored twice at Xavier High School to lift #8 Old Lyme to a convincing victory. 

Tinnerello’s first goal found the net just shy of eight minutes into the game and then she followed up in the last minute of the first half with a shot assisted by Abby Manthous. The move that culminated in the second goal had started with a free kick by another team captain Emily DeRoehn. The other captains are Katie Funaro, Melissa Mauro  and Kaylee Armenia.

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats held onto their lead through the second half to the delight of all the spectators who had traveled from Old Lyme to support the team.

After the game, Tinnerello told LymeLine in a text, “I feel great about the game. It was a complete team effort. And I’m really proud of my teammates for always working their hardest.”

GO WILDCATS!

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Old Lyme Girls Defeat NW Catholic 2-0, Advance to Fifth Consecutive Class S State Championship!

The Old Lyme girls gather happily for a team photo with Coach Paul Gleason (at right) after defeating NW Catholic 2-0 at Xavier High School in the Class S State Championship semifinal. Photo by Ally Gleason.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello, one of five team captains for Old Lyme, scored twice this evening at Xavier High School to lift #8 Old Lyme to a convincing 2-0 victory against NW Catholic and win the Wildcats a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year. Old Lyme will meet #3 Holy Cross on Saturday at Veteran’s Field in New Britain. Kick-off is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Tinnerello’s first goal found the net just shy of eight minutes into the game and then she followed up in the last minute of the first half with a shot assisted by Abby Manthous. The move that culminated in the second goal had started with a free kick by another team captain Emily DeRoehn. The other captains are Katie Funaro, Melissa Mauro  and Kaylee Armenia.

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats held onto their lead through the second half to the delight of all the spectators who had traveled from Old Lyme to support the team.

After the game, Tinnerello told LymeLine in a text, “I feel great about the game. It was a complete team effort. And I’m really proud of my teammates for always working their hardest.”

GO WILDCATS!

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Wildcats Face NW Catholic in Class S State Soccer Semifinal Tonight

LYME-OLD LYME — Paul Gleason’s Wildcat girls face Northwest Catholic tomorrow evening at Xavier High School in an effort to secure themselves a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year. This semifinal game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Old Lyme defeated the top-seeded Housatonic 7-5 on Saturday in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.

GO WILDCATS!

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After Nail-Biting PK Finish Against Top Seeds Housatonic, Old Lyme Girls Advance to State Semis Tuesday

The Wildcats celebrate their success after winning the penalty-kick shoot-out at this afternoon’s CIAC Class S State Championship quarter-final game. Photo by Ally Gleason.

Editor’s Note: Tuesday’s semifinal will be played at Xavier High School with a 7 p.m. kick-off.

Old Lyme, ranked #8, moves into the semi-finals of the CIAC Class S State Championship after defeating top-seeded Housatonic 7-5 on penalty-kicks. The PK shoot-out came after double overtime, which followed a scoreless regular time.

Old Lyme (13-2-4) now meets 13th-ranked Northwest Catholic (11-5-3) on Tuesday in the semi-final at a time and place to be determined.

GO WILDCATS!

For additional game reports, visit:

https://www.theday.com/high-school-sports/20191116/hs-roundup-old-lyme-east-lyme-girls-advance-to-state-semis-on-pks

https://www.registercitizen.com/sports/article/Old-Lyme-ousts-Housatonic-on-penalty-kicks-14840831.php#photo-18622540

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Wildcat Boys Fail to Make State Semis After Loss to Immaculate, AD Heck Says They had a “Great Season”

LYME/OLD LYME — Sadly the Old Lyme soccer boys couldn’t get the ball in the net Friday afternoon against Immaculate of Danbury. In contrast, Immaculate put away two goals to win the game and advance to the CIAC Class S state championship semi-finals.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Athletic Director Hildie Heck commented on Twitter, “[I] Couldn’t be prouder of the boys soccer team. [They] Had a great season, played with heart, played clean and proved a lot of people wrong! Tough loss today, but a positive season to remember.”

Congratulations to the Wildcat Boys and their coach Ally Gleason on a memorable season!

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Meet Housatonic in State Quarters This Afternoon

LYME/OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello scored first for Old Lyme in Thursday’s CIAC Class S  State Championship Second Round game against St. Paul. Kaylee Armenia assisted the goal.
Sophia Gerst scored lone goal for St. Paul from a penalty kick.
Kaylee Armenia scored the game-winning goal unassisted for the ‘Cats.
Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and made five saves.
Eighth-seeded Old Lyme now faces top seeds Housatonic Regional this afternoon with a 2 p.m. kick-off at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the quarterfinals.
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Old Lyme Soccer Boys Face Immaculate in State Quarters This Afternoon, “We’re Peaking at the Right Time” (Coach Ally Gleason)

LYME/OLD LYME — Following on their 3-1 victory over Hale-Ray High School on Wednesday, the Old Lyme boys travel to Danbury, Conn., today to take on the Immaculate High School team in the quarter-finals of the CIAC Class S State Soccer Championship.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m.

Asked how she felt about Old Lyme reaching the state quarter-finals, Coach Ally Gleason responded, “This is an exciting time for our program. We haven’t been to the state tournament since 2016 and then only reaching the second round. Two of our seniors were on that varsity team.”

She continued, “So this is a whole new level for our team and I’m so happy that they get to experience the state tournament, especially our seniors. We have a very talented team and the boys have been working hard all season to prepare themselves for this.”

Gleason added, “We had a tough regular season plagued with injury and illness and now having everyone back, we’re peaking at the right time. I’m looking forward to today’s game no matter the outcome, even though a win (which I know we can do) would be the best, but to be back in the states now with the boys is surreal.”

She then asked herself rhetorically, “How great would it be to get to the championship? Pretty remarkable I’d say. And the best part? They have what it takes to get there. Go Wildcats!”

This is a terrific achievement for first-year coach Ally Gleason, so we also say a heartfelt, “GO WILDCATS!”

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Old Lyme Boys Advance to State Quarterfinals After Victory Over Hale-Ray

OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Hale Ray 3-1 yesterday in the second round of the Class S state tournament at Hale Ray High School.

Jesper Silberberg scored the first goal for the Wildcats unassisted andAngus Tresnan followed up with the second goal for Old Lyme with an assist from Jesper Silberberg. The third goal was a penalty-kick taken by Michael Milazzo.

Michael Quinn scored the lone goal for Hale Ray unassisted.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for Old Lyme with eight saves while Ethan Marion defended the net for Hale Ray and made nine saves.

Old Lyme now advances to the quarterfinals against Immaculate Friday.

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Old Lyme Boys Advance to Second Round of State Soccer Contest

Old Lyme defeated Montville yesterday 3-1 at Montville High School in the first round of the Class S state tournament

Avery Welch scored twice for the Wildcats unassisted and Richard Damiano notched the third.

Montville’s lone goal was an own goal by Old Lyme.

Ryan Tetreault was in net for the ‘Cats and made six saves, while Isaiah Gallagher made nine saves in goal for Montville.

Old Lyme now faces shoreline rival Hale Ray Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hale-Ray High School in the second round of the state tournament.

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Wildcat Boys Draw 1-1 with Bacon Academy

Old Lyme tied Bacon Academy tWednesday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School 1-1.

Jesper Silberberg scored for the Wildcats and Matt Volland equalized for Bacon.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for Old Lyme with 11 saves and Ryan Claffey and Mike Whipple were in goal for Bacon with a combined four saves.

Old Lyme is now 6-3-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the shoreline.

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Wildcat Boys Pull Off Tough Draw Against East Hampton

LYME-OLD LYME — Old Lyme tied East Hampton Friday 2-2 away at East Hampton High School.

Angus Tresnan was the first to score with an unassisted goal for the Wildcats. The second goal for Old Lyme came off the foot of Timothy O’Brien with an assist from Garrett Smith.

The two goals for East Hampton were an own goal by Old Lyme and the Bellringers’ second goal was scored by Justin Landon unassisted.

In goal for the ‘Cats was Ryan Tetreault with seven saves while Noah Gibson made three saves in goal for East Hampton.

Old Lyme is now 5-3-3 overall and 2-3-3 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Both Wildcat Soccer Teams Continue Their Winning Ways Under Gleason Duo

In this file photo, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason shares a smile with his daughter Allyson Gleason, who is now the coach of the LOL High School Boys’ Varsity Soccer team.

OLD LYME — The father-daughter duo of Paul and Ally Gleason are both enjoying successful seasons as coaches respectively of the girls’ and boys’ Old Lyme soccer teams.  This is a scenario with which dad, Paul, has become familiar over the previous four years, which included an equal number of state titles, but was not necessarily expected with daughter Ally in her rookie year as coach of the Wildcat boys.

Maybe it shouldn’t have been anticipated for Paul this year either since his team had benefited from an exceptional cluster of talent in the form of the seniors, including the legendary Mya Johnson, who graduated last year.

But at this almost mid-point of the season, both teams have remarkable records showing only one loss each and six victories in the case of the girls and five for the boys.

So at this time, we say simply, keep going, Wildcats!

Yesterday the girls defeated Montville 2-0 away at Montville High School.

Kaylee Armenia scored both goals unassisted. Sam Gray was in goal for the Wildcats and made three saves, while Olivia Beaupre was in goal for Montville with four saves

The girls are now 6-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

The Old Lyme boys, also playing away, defeated Westbrook 4-2.

Avery Welch had a hat-trick with two assists from Micheal Milazzo and one from Angus Tresnan. Michael Milazzo scored the additional goal for Old Lyme with an assist from Jesper Selberberg.

Noslin Antunez scored both goals for Westbrook with one assisted by Sidney Levine.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for Old Lyme with nine saves, while Zach Boardman defended in goal for Westbrook making a total of eight saves.

The boys are now 5-1-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Soccer Boys Win, Girls Draw Against Valley

OLD LYME —Ally Gleason’s Old Lyme boys pulled off a great win against Valley Regional Friday claiming a 2-1 victory at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Jake Burdick claimed the lone goal for Valley unassisted in the first half.

Then in the second half, Wildcat Richard Damiano tied up the game with an assist from Jesper Silberberg, followed by Avery Welch scoring the winning goal off a corner kick with an assist from Jesper Silberberg.

In goal for Old Lyme was Ryan Tetreault with six saves and Jonah Lathrop, who did not make any saves.

In net for Valley was Ian Silva with five saves.

The Old Lyme buys are now 4-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme girls tied Valley Regional 2-2 Friday at Valley Regional High School.

Sam Calaman scored first for Valley with an assist from Maddie Costello. Costello went on to score the second goal for Valley with an assist from Ava Duval

Abby Manthous and Hannah Britt scored for Old Lyme with both goals assisted by Ali Kyle.

In goal for the Wildcats was Sam Gray who had six saves while Lexi Della Rocco made five saves for Valley.

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Old Lyme Boys Tie With Morgan in Tight Game

OLD LYME — Ally Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer boys pulled off an important 2-2 draw with Shoreline rival Morgan yesterday playing away at Indian River in Clinton.

Nevin Joshy scored the first goal for the Wildcats with an assist from Richard Damiano. Michael Milazzo put away the game tying goal with a second assist from Richard Damiano.

Zach Tuccitto scored off a PK for Morgan and Sebastian Karlof netted the team’s second goal unassisted.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for the ‘Cats with six saves, while Nick Rubino in the Morgan goal made five saves.

Old Lyme is now 3-1-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the Shoreline Conference.

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I See Great Things in Baseball – Part 2

Photo by Jose Morales on Unsplash

Editor’s Note: We are delighted to continue publication of  a three-part essay on the literature of baseball written by Old Lyme resident Tom Gotowka. This is the second part, find the first one at this link, and look for the third in the coming weeks.

As I noted in my first essay, baseball fans have been blessed with a remarkably rich – and often thoughtful – literature describing the sport. In this second essay, I’ll review several baseball novels and biographies that provided me with a better understanding of the sport.

This is not an exhaustive study of the genre. Rather, they’re the written works that were meaningful to me and helped me endure the winter months.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It”, by Lawrence Ritter, is a collection of player memories told by the players themselves. This oral history is a positive account of what was then a very different style of play. It is suitable for little leaguers.

In” The Boys of Summer”, Roger Kahn, a Brooklyn native, and journalist for the New York HeraldTribune, follows the careers of players on the Brooklyn Dodgers team that won the 1955 World Series, beating the New York Yankees. It was the Dodgers’ first and only World Series championship won while located at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn. That team is often cited as one of the most exciting Major League ball clubs ever fielded; it is the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson.

Kahn tracks the lives of the key players on that team, including Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider (and others) when their glory days were behind them. Kahn writes with sincerity and really demonstrates exactly what it means to be a passionate fan.

In “Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball”, Mark Ribowsky chronicles the life and times of Satchel Paige, the first Negro League star to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ribowsky covers both Paige, the player, and the environment in which he played.

He describes life for such gifted players before the major league color barrier was broken. Paige, who was a contemporary of both Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, pitched in the “parallel” Negro Leagues for over 20 years before he joined the Cleveland Indians at age 42 for their 1948 pennant-winning season (where he went a very respectable six wins and one loss). He had played to huge crowds in Pittsburgh, and Newark in the Negro Leagues and pitched about – so it is thought – 1,000 games. Paige, like the later Yogi Berra, was known for his colorful remarks and expressions.

In “Ball Four”, Jim Bouton describes the then hidden side of Major League Baseball: the rampant drug use among players and the routine use of amphetamines. He reveals the pervasive drinking and drunken behavior of some players, including Mickey Mantle. Highly controversial at the time of publication, the book is largely now considered an important and true perspective of the game as observed during Bouton’s own playing days in the 1960s and early 1970s. Bouton’s book was written before the steroids’ disaster and the advent of asterisks in player record books.

In “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”, Michael Lewis describes the then unusual analytic method used by the Oakland Athletics in assembling a competitive, but low cost (i.e., by Major League standards) team. Lewis focuses on the Athletics’ General Manager’s “analytical, evidence-based, “sabermetric” approach to player selection. Note that, like “gonfalon bubble” first used by Franklin Pierce Adams, Lewis was also able to introduce new jargon to the game.

Canadian author, W. P. Kinsella, wrote several baseball novels and short stories. I read two of his novels after seeing the movie, “Field of Dreams”, which was adapted from his novel “Shoeless Joe”.

In “Shoeless Joe”, an Iowa corn farmer (Ray) hears a voice in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come”. So, Ray then proceeds to start a multi-year project to build a baseball park in his front yard. However, important peripheral tasks appear with each phase of the completed construction.

I’m not going to do a play-by- play on this work, but one of the tasks leads Ray to meet J.D. Salinger, the author of “Catcher in the Rye”, who then joined him for a baseball game at Fenway Park. The eight baseball players, who were banned from playing in the Majors for their role in the Black Sox Scandal, also make appearances on Ray’s field. Kinsella mixes fantasy, and mysticism with historical facts to demonstrate the importance of baseball in America’s collective memory.

In the second novel, “The Iowa Baseball Confederacy”, Kinsella tells the tale of Gideon Clarke, whose goal is to prove to the world — as his father tried to do before him — that the world-champion Chicago Cubs traveled to Onamata, Iowa in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against all-stars from the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, an amateur league. The game turned into an epic battle of over 2,000 innings, played mostly in the pouring rain.

This game is not in the record books; and nobody remembers it or the Confederacy. However; Gideon Clarke “knows” it happened, and he is determined to set the record straight. His life is dominated by his desire to prove the existence of the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, and to show the world that a team from this league played against the Chicago Cubs in 1908.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a shred of evidence that the Confederacy ever existed. Like “Shoeless Joe” above, baseball is at the heart of Kinsella’s novel, and he again uses myth and mysticism to show his love of the game.

Mike Lupica is a sports journalist and former newspaper columnist for the New York Daily News. He is known for his provocative commentary. A prolific sports novelist, he frequently targets young adult readers. He handles the issues of immigration and refugees seeking a better life in two recent novels.

Heat”, covers the life of 12-year-old Miguel (Michael) Arroyo, and his 17 year- old brother, Carlos; who live in the South Bronx near Yankee stadium. The young Cuban immigrants love baseball. Again, I’m not going to do a play-by-play on this story, but Michael is, at 12-years-old, an outstanding Little League pitcher. His fast ball has been “clocked” at eight miles per hour, and opposing coaches say that ‘he is too good to be just 12-years-old’. The brothers begin to worry when adults start asking to speak to their father about a birth certificate.

It’s not Michael’s age that’s the problem. Rather, they can’t let authorities know that their father had died of a heart attack several months earlier, leaving them orphans. They fear that foster care will separate them unless they can keep their secret until the birth certificate issue comes to some sort of resolution. With the help of an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Cora, and Carlos’ two jobs, they’ve convinced everybody that Papi is in Florida caring for his sick brother.

This story is reminiscent of the Danny Almonte age-fraud scandal in which a 14-year-old star pitcher for a Bronx Little League team passed himself off as a 12-year-old in order to be eligible to play in the 2001 Little League World Series.

Danny was born in the Dominican Republic, but achieved some notoriety on the basis of his Little League World Series performance. He pitched a no-hitter in the Mid-Atlantic Regional finals, the game that took his team to the World Series; and although his team did not go on to win the Series, he became known nationally. Several teams had actually hired private investigators to look into the ages of the entire team.

Strike Zone” is Lupica’s recently published follow-up to “Heat” and again covers the lives of a young baseball prodigy and his immigrant family living in America. Twelve-year-old star Little League pitcher Nick Garcia has some dreams. He dreams he’ll win this season’s MVP and the chance to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. He dreams they’ll find a cure for Lupus so his sister won’t have to suffer. But mostly, he dreams that one day his family can stop living in fear of the government.

The story progresses until Nick notices a mysterious man lurking on his street corner, and senses a threat …

Clearly, Lupica is reflecting on a period when most Americans still supported the notion : “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.”

This wraps up my own list of key baseball literature. A third essay will discuss baseball at the movies.

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Old Lyme Boys Still Unbeaten After Tying Tough Game Against Old Saybrook

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys retained their unbeaten record Tuesday afternoon after battling to a 1-1 draw against defending Class S state soccer champions Old Saybrook.

Jack Colella scored an unassisted goal first for the Rams and Avery Welch equalized for the Wildcats with an assist from Michael Milazzo.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for Old Lyme and made a total of 12 saves, while Matthew Rothman, in goal for Old Saybrook, only had to make one save.

Ally Gleason, in her first year as varsity coach, has now taken the boys to 3-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

Read Vickie Fulkerson’s article published on TheDay.com at this link for a full report with photos of the game.

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Old Lyme Girls Retain Unbeaten Record Against Shoreline Rival Old Saybrook in Local Derby

OLD SAYBROOK — Playing away yesterday at Old Saybrook High School, Paul Gleason’s  Old Lyme girls defeated the home team 2-0 in a local soccer derby.

Lydia Tinnerello and Kaylee Armenia scored for the Wildcats, with both goals unassisted.

Sam Gray was in goal for the Wildcats and made four saves, while Sophia Barker was in net for Old Saybrook and notched 11 saves.

Old Lyme is now 4-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Wildcat Girls on Home Field Defeat T-Birds 2-1

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girl’s soccer team, coached by Paul Gleason, defeated North Branford 2-1 Friday at home.

Mackenzie Machnik and Maddie McCulloch both scored in the first half for the Wildcats to take the lead by two unanswered goals. Both goals were unassisted.

Alexie Rosado scored late in the second half for the Thunderbirds to bring the respective scores closer at 2-1.  North Branford could not however  find the net again and make the sought-after equalizer.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme but did not have to make any saves while the Thunderbirds goalie had a total of seven saves.

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Ally Gleason’s Boys Win Home Opener Against Wheeler

OLD LYME — Allyson Gleason made a strong statement in her opening home game as the new coach of the Wildcats when Old Lyme soundly defeated Wheeler 4-0 Thursday afternoon.

Richard Damiano was first to score for the Wildcats with an assist from Jesper Selberberg. The ‘Cats second goal was put away by Michael Milazzo with an assist from Avery Welch.  Jackson Warren scored the third goal off an assist from Michael Milazzo and the final goal came from Rory Cavicke with an assist from Richard Damiano.

Ryan Tetreault made one save in the Old Lyme goal while Bowen Baker notched seven saves for Wheeler.

Old Lyme is now 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

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Wildcat Girls Score Seven Unanswered Goals Against Hale-Ray

OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Hale Ray convincingly today 7-0 in their home game opener.

Scoring for the Wildcats were Ali Kyle (two), Lauren Creagan, Emily DeRoehn (two), Lydia Tinnerello and Stephanie Mauro with assists from Kaylee Armenia (three), Mackenzie Machnik, Alexis Fenton and Katie Funaro.

Sam Gray was in goal for the ‘Cats sharing time with Ryleigh Russell and Margo Paynter. Between them, they made a single save.
Old Lyme is now 2-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.
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