WETHERSFIELD >> Haddam-Killingworth’s Meghan Cerino has developed into one of the top field hockey goalies in the state due to her aggressive style of play and ability to cut down scoring angles.
On Saturday in the CIAC Class S championship game, Thomaston was prepared for Cerino, including Morgan Sanson who ended up with the game-winning goal.
Sanson scored off a breakaway with 9 minutes, 18 seconds left in the second half to give No. 1 Thomaston a 2-1 win over No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth for the Golden Beras’ first Class S title at Wethersfield High.
Sanson grabbed a loose ball near the 50 yard line and bolted down the center of the field. She split two H-K defenders and was one-on-one with Cerino who came out about 12 yards in front of the goal to stop the breakaway. Sanson deked right and moved past Cerino for a wide open shot.
“Meghan Cerino is an exceptional goalie and we have a lot of respect for her,” Sanson said. “In practice, we prepared for how aggressive she plays, coming out of the goal to cut the angles. We knew she would do that in the game today.
“She came out and wanted to stop me. But once I got by her I took the shot and I was just so happy it went in. Winning this title is so special.”
It was the Golden Bears’ (18-1) first appearance in a state final.
“Morgan is extremely confident in her ability and she knew the goalie would come out of the goal,” Thomaston coach Brooke Gomes Holoway said. “We knew their goalie was exceptional and aggressive and we did our best to prepare for that in practice.
“Winning the championship for the first time is so exciting. It’s great for the school, the team and the town.”
The first half was even on both sides with possession, three penalty corners each and the Cougars and Golden Bears tied at 1 at halftime.
Thomaston took a 1-0 lead off a penalty stroke. Haddam-Killingworth goalie Meghan Cerino, who plays aggressively, came out of the goal to stop a Thomaston breakaway. But the play resulted in a penalty stroke taken by Alexa Millius.
Millius sent the ball to the left side of the net. Cerino got a piece of the ball but it rolled just inside the post for the 1-0 lead for the Gold Bears with 18:23 to go in the first half.
The Cougars increased the pressure and eventually came away with the equalizer.
There was a scramble for the ball about six yards in front of Tomaston goalie Kelly Langevin. Julia Kostek got a stick on the ball, chipped it to Isabella Cosenza who one-timed a shot and scored to tie the game at 1 with 12:00 left in the half.
In the second half, both sides had opportunities to score. But Sanson put herself in position for the best opportunity.
“What this game came down to is they capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t,” Haddam-Killingworth coach Patsy Kamercia said. “Meghan did what she was supposed to in goal in both the penalty stroke and breakaway goal.
“They finished their chances and won their first title. Good for them”
Thomaston 2, Haddam-Killingworth 1
Haddam-Killingworth 1 0 — 1
Thomaston 1 1 — 2
First half—THOM: Alexa Millius (penalty stroke) 18:23; HK: Isabella Cosenza (Julia Kostek) 12:00; Second half—THOM: Morgan Sanson 9:18;
Shots—HK: 3; THOM: 7;
Saves—HK: Meghan Cerino 5; THOM: Kelly Langevin 2;
Team records—Haddam-Killingworth 19-3; Thomaston 18-1