BOYS SOCCER: Sacred Heart battles to win over Ansonia

Sacred Heart picked up a nice win Tuesday over Ansonia at Waterville Park.
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Sacred Heart boys soccer picked up a hard-fought 4-3 win over Ansonia on Tuesday at Waterville Park.
The Hearts improved to 8-5 with the victory while sending the Chargers to 7-4-2. Head coach Gianni Perugini lauded the efforts of Klediol Kaso and Evan Laferriere in particular.
“Both players gave all heart during today’s game,” Perugini said, according to a tweet on the Sacred Heart athletics account. “They displayed passion, intensity, hard work, and a desire to be successful. Evan defensively locked it up, and Kledi gave our offense positive reinforcing in the middle third.”

Bristol Central in state tournament
The Rams have won two of their last three matches and have a 7-4-1 record on the season. Central will try to improve its state tournament seeding in its last four matches, which are against Middletown, Manchester, Plainville and Bristol Eastern.

Eagles, Crusaders face off in big match Thursday
Kennedy (5-5-2) and Holy Cross (4-6-3) have work to do to qualify for the state tournament.
One side could take care of business against the other on Thursday when the teams meet at 6:30 p.m. at Ray Snyder Sr. Field. Holy Cross is the home team for the match. It’s the only match of the season between the two sides.

Wolcott trying to reach state tournament
The Eagles had a setback Tuesday when they lost on the road to Seymour.
The defeat dropped Wolcott to 4-6-2, still within state tournament range. The Eagles have matches remaining against Aerospace, Watertown, Ansonia and St. Paul.

Bristol Eastern needs to win
The Lancers, like the Wolcott Eagles, are 4-6-2 with four matches left. Eastern needs wins to get into the state tournament, and its last four matches are against RHAM, Plainville, Bristol Central and Maloney.

Bulldogs, Wildcats, Falcons still hanging around
Crosby (3-6-4), Wilby (4-7-1) and St. Paul (3-7-2) are still alive for state tournament qualification, but they all need to help themselves. Here’s who each team faces the rest of the way:
CROSBY — Sacred Heart, Wilby, Woodland
WILBY — St. Paul, Crosby, Torrington, Kaynor Tech
ST. PAUL — Wilby, Torrington, Wolcott, Haddam-Killingworth