MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown girls soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four — three wins and a tie — with a 2-1 win over Wethersfield in a Central Connecticut Conference match played at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
Down 1-0 at the half, the Blue Dragons got a goal from Amalia Sessoms just 65 seconds into the second half to tie the match 1-1. Middletown got the game-winner from Alex Giardina with 32:01 remaining to take a lead it didn’t give up.
“I thought we stated slowly, were a little flat and spent too much time watching in the first half,” Middletown coach Rachel Lemke said. “But we made some adjustments and in the second half they did everything I asked them to do
“We came out strong, played with high intensity and played very well together to get us a big win.”
Both clubs missed opportunities in the first half. Middletown’s Madison Fletcher’s shot hit the crossbar just two minutes, 20 seconds into the game and Wethersfield’s Bianca Tata hit the post with 29:20 left in the half.
The Eagles scored with 2:27 left in the half on a goal by Aleah Livingston.
Middletown had a 4-3 shot advantage in the first half and the teams finished even in that department with seven each.
Wethersfield had a great opportunity to tie and force overtime with 1:10 left in the game, but Middletown keeper Jillian Gordon went high to tip a shot away from the crossbar off a corner kick.
“Jillian came up big on that play,” Lemke said. “She helped us all day.”
Gordon had six saves and Wethersfield keeper, Mariana Carcia, also played well, making five saves.
“We’re jelling together,” said Lemke, who saw her team improve to 7-2-1. “The two goals we got were pretty ones and we’re improving. We still struggle a little bit to finish, but we’re getting better.”
Lemke singled out Kaitlyn D’Amico for her play in the middle and said that her two scorers, Giardina and Sessoms, also played very well.
Wethersfield fell to 4-5-1.
Middletown, which has lost only to national power Glastonbury and state power RHAM, plays at Tolland in a CCC-crossover match Friday at 3:45 p.m.