Amity tops Sheehan, reaches SCC girls soccer final

WOODBRIDGE — The trio of Shelton, Guilford and Hand have won their share of Southern Connecticut Conference girls soccer championships. One of those programs has been in each championship final over the past 13 held.

The last year none of those three played in a final was in 2006. And that happened to be the same championship game matchup we have in 2021.

No. 2 seed Amity defeated No. 3 Sheehan 4-1 at Johnson Field Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans (15-1-2) will face No. 4 Mercy, which handed top seed Sacred Heart Academy its first loss of the season 2-1 In Tuesday’s other semifinal.

The championship final will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m, at West Haven High.

“Overall we were the better team. At the end of the day, we have No. 15 (Audrey Marin) and they don’t. That’s a big difference,” said Amity coach Owen Quigley, who coached in that 2006 SCC final against Mercy. “It’s a 50-50 game, the way they play, they give us fits and we give them fits.”

Marin, the two-time New Haven Register Area Player of the Year, had two goals and an assist for the Spartans.

“We are so excited. The senior group, specifically, has been working toward this since we were little kids, and just to make it this far, we are so thankful, so excited to be here,” Marin said.

Amity, also the top-ranked team in the Class LL state tournament seedings, denied Sheehan (12-3-3) its first trip to an SCC tournament final.

“We didn’t get the bounces to go our way. We did have some chances,” Sheehan coach Rob Huelsman said. “I’m proud of them, they played 80 minutes solid. This is like a practice game for the (Class M) state tournament.”

Marin tapped in Amity’s first goal. Freshman Alexa Kudasik had the initial shot on a ball she sent in to the box. Marin was waiting right in front of the net.

“I was standing right next to the keeper (Sheehan’s Trinity LaValle). She sort of dove for it and missed it and I got a heel on it. It was kind of a scramble,” Marin said.

Jesse Bohan had the second goal with 5:17 left before halftime. Her shot was initially stopped by LaValle, but she couldn’t control it.

The Spartans kept their foot on the gas. A beautiful combination — Marin’s cross to Izabela Kurpios streaking down the middle of the field made it 3-0 in the 10th minute of the second half.

“That’s something we do a lot of and something that worked there,” Marin said.

Said Huelsman: “They have a lot of athletic players, speed-wise and technique, and they know how to finish.”

Then came the highlight; Marin spinning left, firing into the right side of the net to put the Spartans up 4-0.

“That usually doesn’t work, but it did that time,” Marin said. “The longer the season goes on, the more competitive each game gets. There are fewer and fewer chances to score goals, so that makes converting those chances so much more important. Glad we converted today.”

Katelyn Casorla scored with just over 15 minute left for Sheehan.

This will be the third matchup between Amity and Mercy this season. Amity won in Middletown 2-1 in September and the two teams tied 2-2 in the rematch on Oct. 7 in Woodbridge.

“We are getting healthier and stronger and we are peaking at the right time. It;’s going to be a tight game,” Quigley said.; @nhrJoeMorelli