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Coventry advances into Class S semis

Chronicle Staff Reports

COVENTRY — Four different players scored goals Friday afternoon and the Coventry boys soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Class S state tournament with 4-1 quarterfinal-round victory over Canton.

Mason Danielson (penalty kick) and Zach Stoddard each had a goal and assist while Mike Sisk and Dan Hendel also scored goals for the seventh-seeded Patriots (13-5), who held a commanding 18-1 shot advantage.

It marked the first time that Coventry, the defending Class S state champions, allowed a goal in postseason play since a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Somers in the 2015 Class S state final.

The Patriots blanked all five of their opponents — outscoring them 19-0 — in winning last year’s championship and had shutout Holy Cross, 5-0, in the second-round on Wednesday.

Coventry will face the winner of today’s quarterfinal-round game between No. 6 Putnam and No.3 Somers on either Monday or Tuesday in the semifinals.


Meg Verizzi had 18 assists and six aces as defending Class S champion Lyman Memorial swept its way into the semifinals with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-15 quarterfinal-round win over Hartford Sports and Medical Sciences Academy.

Katee Meese added 21 digs and Marina Megson chipped in with 12 kills for the second-seeded Bulldogs (22-2).

Rianne Mayer (13 digs, 2 aces) and Kalissa Jameson (6 kills, 8 digs) led the seventh-seeded Tigers (17-7), who were making their first quarterfinal round appearance in program history.

Next up for Lyman Memorial is a semifinal-round match against No.6 Coginchaug on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

The Blue Devils (16-5) rallied from 2-games down in a 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 19-17 victory over fellow Shoreline Conference opponent — No. 14 seed Cromwell in the quarters.

Katie Sistaire finished with 11 kills and five blocks and Meredith Hopkins added seven kills for Coventry (23-1) in a 25-6, 25-5, 25-13 Class S quarterfinal-round victory over Terryville (13-7) at Matthew J. Hurlock Gymnasium.

The top-seeded Patriots (23-1) will meet No. 4 Holy Cross of Waterbury in the semifinals on Tuesday night at a site and time to be determined. The Crusaders (16-7) swept No. 12 seed Innovation-New Britain, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16, in their quarterfinal match.


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