CHESHIRE — For Cheshire Excessive Faculty senior ladies, Wednesday’s vacation soccer sport was an opportunity to make historical past. After profitable their faculty’s powder puff sport as juniors, they’d the prospect to turn into the primary class to get two wins within the collection.
Earlier than a packed crowd, the seniors completed their aim in an enormous means. The ladies constructed a 28-0 halftime lead and went on to win 44-0 within the Third Annual Junior Class vs. Senior Class Powder Puff Contest.
“We positively wished to maintain the trophy,” stated senior Claudia Chong. “This was a great way to finish our senior yr.”
The seniors jumped out to a 14-0 benefit within the opening quarter. After forcing a punt by Ainsley Dziura on the opening drive, the women went forward on a 2-yard landing blast by quarterback Jordan Chymbor with 7:11 left within the first.
“That was superior,” mirrored Chymbor. “It was the results of the entire staff working collectively. The road additionally did an incredible job of blocking.”
Anna Hurlbut transformed on a two-point kick to place her staff up 8-0.
The seniors discovered the tip zone once more with 37 seconds left within the opening quarter, as Gabby Tirado scored on a 13-yard run. The following kick was no good, so the rating stood at 14-0.
Within the second quarter, the seniors continued to make the most of their pace. After taking a hand-off, Chong raced for a 42-yard landing on the 8:34 mark.
“That was nice. I didn’t see anybody in entrance of me, so I stored working all the best way,” stated Chong.
The seniors put collectively one other scoring drive within the first half. After finishing an possibility go to Lizzie Braun, Mimi Perlini broke free on a run to the 5-yard line.
On the following play, Ava Matikowski ran exterior for a landing, however the seniors couldn’t get off a two-point kick.
Within the third, the junior protection pushed the seniors right into a fourth down, however on a run play, Perlini sprinted to the skin after which in the reduction of into the center for a 38-yard landing with 1:16 left within the quarter.
“I used to be going proper, however once I noticed some ladies over there, I in the reduction of inside and simply stored working,” defined Perlini.
The juniors noticed their most offensive success within the fourth quarter. Ally Corris had a 13-yard run to the 16-yard line, however Ellie O’Donnell made two tackles within the again discipline.
The juniors tried a 34-yard discipline aim, nevertheless it got here up quick.
The seniors rotated to attain the final landing. Hurlbut ran to the skin after which made a transfer to realize separation on an 81-yard scamper with 4:24 left within the sport. Tirado booted the two-point kick.
“It was insane,” stated Hurlbut, of her landing. “Coach (Jim) V (Vicario) stated that it was the longest run within the historical past of the powder puff.”
The juniors had yet one more possession. Stella Tessier, Ella Kulas, and Corris had key runs to maneuver the ball previous midfield.
The seniors appeared to have completed the sport on an interception by Tirado, however a pair of penalties allowed the juniors to get yet one more play. Kulas threw a go in the long run zone, nevertheless, Tirado knocked the ball right down to clinch her staff’s victory.
“I used to be monitoring the ball. After I noticed Ella make that go, I made a play on it,” defined Tirado. “It felt so good.”
The victory meant loads to Tirado. Final yr, a damaged tibia stored her from taking part in within the vacation sport.
“Final yr, I jealous of Anna (Hurlbut) getting a landing. It was nice to play this yr,” stated Tirado.
Corris was the main rusher for the juniors, whereas Kulas and Caitlin Fanning break up time at quarterback within the sport.
“I liked each second of it,” said Corris. “Everybody was supporting one another and having a good time.”
Ginny Curello had some early runs and likewise caught a go.
“It was nice to assist the staff transfer the ball,” stated Curello.
Defensively, junior Mariem Fahmi and Kulas made a number of tackles for his or her staff. Sophia Surato and O’Donnell had been prime tacklers on the senior facet.
Whereas the groups competed arduous, the women described the environment as pleasant between classmates.
“There was loads of pleasant trash discuss on the market,” mirrored Kulas. “It’s all for enjoyable.”
The juniors had been hoping for a greater outcome, however they’re excited to have one other likelihood to play subsequent yr as seniors.
“We bought loads of expertise,” mirrored Kulas. “Now, we would like redemption subsequent yr.”