GIRLS SOCCER: Holy Cross hands Woodland second loss, Minicucci scores four times for Hearts

Erin Goggin had the assist, and Alana Snow scored the goal for Holy Cross
in a nice 1-0 win over Woodland at Ray Snyder Sr. Field on Tuesday.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file photo)

Woodland girls soccer has been a strong team all season.
Holy Cross put a little dent in the armor of the Hawks on Tuesday, however, with a 1-0 victory at Ray Snyder Sr. Field. Freshman Alana Snow scored the lone goal in the first half off an assist from senior Erin Goggin. 
Sophomore keeper Tori Schaffner and the Crusader defense made sure the lead held up from there in a big win for the home team. Holy Cross improved to 8-2-3. For Woodland, it was only the second loss of the season (10-2). The Hawks had won nine straight matches before Tuesday’s defeat.

Minicucci finds net four times in win
It’s been an up and down year for Sacred Heart.
The Hearts are just 4-9, but there have been some bright spots. Sophomore Emma Minicucci provided one of her own on Tuesday at Ansonia. She scored four goals in a 7-2 Hearts victory over the Chargers.

Lancers within striking distance of state tourney berth
Speaking of up and down seasons, Bristol Eastern has had one of its own.
Still, the Lancers are within range of a state tournament berth, thanks to a 2-1 road win over Maloney on Monday. Eastern moved to 6-6 with the victory.
The Lancers are at Middletown today, and wouldn’t they love to get even with the Blue Dragons after a tough loss last week. It would be a fitting way to make the postseason, but Eastern will have to earn it.

Eagles get a big win
Wolcott kept pace with a tight NVL race by winning 3-1 at home over Seymour on Tuesday.
The Eagles improved to 8-3-2, and they can still move up in the standings and secure a better NVL Tournament seed.

Kendall Davis becomes St. Paul record-holder
The career goals record for the Falcons was owned by Helena Pereira.
On Monday, Kendall Davis pushed past the former St. Paul star with four goals in an 11-0 win at Derby. The fourth and final goal of the day gave Davis 63, one more than Pereira’s previous record of 62.
The Falcons are a solid 7-2-3 on the season.

Rams need more points for postseason
Bristol Central is 5-7 with four matches remaining in the regular season.
The Rams play Maloney, Enfield, Plainville and Bristol Eastern in those four contests. Central beat Maloney 2-1 in overtime the first time around, but it needs another win over the Spartans, along with a turnaround against either Plainville or Eastern. The Rams lost to both sides the first time this season. Enfield is having a stellar season with a current record of 11-0-1.