Old Saybrook boys soccer coach Steve Waters wins 600th game

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Old Saybrook boys soccer coach Steve Waters won his 600th career game on Friday as the fifth-seeded Rams defeated No. 4 Litchfield 2-0 in the CIAC Class S state quarterfinals at Litchfield.

“I don’t know if I’ve been around too long,” Waters joked. “It’s been a lot of hard work assessing teams, your own and the opponents, then it’s making adjustments.”

Waters set the CIAC state record for victories on Sept. 10, 2021 when he won his 566th career game, breaking the tie with former E.O. Smith coach John Blomstrann.

Old Saybrook, the defending champion in this division, now advances to the Class S state semifinals next week to face the winner of Oxford and Coventry, which will be played on Saturday.

“We’ve been excellent in responding,” Waters said. “We’ve had a bad half here or there but for the most part, we are scoring goals.”

Cam D’Angelo scored both goals for the Rams.

“He has the ability to spread the defense out,” Waters said. “He and Kevin DeCapua up front, they are just a 1-2 scoring (punch) that is fun to watch. They get shots off every game

This is Waters’ 39th season as a head coach. The first 36 were spent at Farmington, where Waters won nine state championships.

joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli