MERIDEN — While Wilcox Tech and Sheehan saw their state aspirations scuttled in the first round of the CIAC boys soccer tournament on Monday, last year’s local darlings of the postseason, the Maloney Spartans, moved on.
Maloney, seeded No. 26 in Class L, defeated No. 7 Ellis Tech 4-1 in Danielson and advances to face No. 10 Wilton in Wednesday’s second round.
Meanwhile, back in Meriden, No. 9 Wilcox Tech fell 2-0 to No. 24 Masuk in a competitive Class L game that stood at 1-0 until a penalty kick was converted in the waning seconds.
Sheehan, on the road in Suffield, lost 1-0 on an overtime goal in a Class M game. The Titans were the No. 17 seed, Suffield the No. 16.
And, in a nightcap in Class LL, No. 12 Cheshire moved on with a 4-1 first-round round of No. 21 Fairfield-Ludlowe at Alumni Field.
Here are the details.
No. 26 Maloney 4, No. 7 Ellis Tech 1: They’re baaaaack.
Led by two goals from Zechariah Smith, the Spartans powered past the Golden Eagles in their Class L first-round game in Danielson.
Maloney, the state’s Class L Cinderella runner-up a year ago, is looking to pen a new November fairy tale after a sub-par 6-9-1 regular season. Now 7-9-1, the Spartans advance to face No. 10 Wilton (9-2-6) on Wednesday.
That means, in a span of three days, the Spartans will play at opposite ends of the state, going from the northeast corner to a southwestern outpost. The question is, will all those miles equate to a long run in the brackets?
On Monday, Josue Arraez and Anthony Valerie added single goals for the Spartans. Dylan Miller, Solomon Owosu and Smith had assists.
All five goals came in the second half. Smith broke the scoreless tie 2:34 after intermission and Arraez pushed the lead to 2-0 just over four minutes later.
Valerie’s goal, coming in the 59th minute, enabled Maloney to comfortably absorb an Austin Desrosiers goal for Ellis Tech in the 64th.
For good measure, Smith struck again in the 71st minute.
No. 24 Masuk 2, No. 9 Wilcox Tech 0: Daniel Motta Rengifo and Kyle Cirillo netted goals for the Panthers in this Class L first-round contest in Meriden.
Motta Rengifo scored in the 28th minute off of an assist from Sawyer Logan. The play stemmed from a corner kick. The Panthers (7-6-4) threatened several times leading up to the goal, but Wilcox Tech senior goalie Sebastian Dominguez (8 saves) kept the Indians in the game.
Masuk’s second goal came on a penalty kick converted by Kyle Cirillo in the final minute. It was the final play of the game, as the referee blew the whistle just after the ball went into the back of the net.
The Indians were out-shot 15-1 in the game. Alden Snajder made one save in the shutout for the visitors.
Wilcox Tech, undermined by injuries late in the season, were without four regulars on Monday: seniors Alex Cortez, Ahmed Alhallak and Darwin Campoverde and sophomore Alex Karklel.
“We didn’t have much attack today; we had a lot of injuries,” Wilcox coach Joe Testa said. “I had to play more defensive than I really wanted. We were in the game right to the end and, at that point, the game can go either way. Overall, it was a good season and I’m happy for the kids.”
Monday marked the final high school game for Cortez, Alhallak and Campoverde as well as Giovanny Solis, Sebastian Dominguez, Jesus Balbuena, Isaac Marks, Giovanny Morales-Vilchis, Victor Ahuatsi, Nate DeMaio, Rodrigo Lopez and Angel Galvez.
“They came out and played hard every single game,” Testa said. “They gave me everything they had and they gave me good leadership. We have good captains and a nice bunch of kids. I’m really going to miss them.”
The Tribe finished the season 11-4-1.
No. 12 Cheshire 4, No. 21 Fairfield Ludlowe 1: The Rams scored three unanswered goals to bust open a 1-1 first-round game under the lights at Alumni Field.
Chris Likorama, Max Manware and Brandon Feero had the tallies after Ludlowe tied things up early in the second half.
Jack Loura was a catalyst for Cheshire. He headed home a cross from Manny Boucaud to open the scoring late in the first half, then delivered a free kick that was one-timed home by Likorama with 25:17 left to play.
The goal by Likorama proved to be the game-winner.
Manware scored on a cross from Rob Fritz with 13:55 left on the clock. Feero capped it with just over 10 minutes to play on an assist from Denys Fuentes.
Goalkeeper Matt Pisani picked up six saves.
Cheshire, now 11-5-1 overall, travels to West Hartford to face No. 5 Hall (14-1-2) on Wednesday in the second. Cheshire lost to Hall in last year’s quarterfinals. Ludlowe’s season closed at 6-5-7.