MIDDLETOWN >> Mikaela Coady smashed the school scoring record in leading the Middletown girls soccer team to a 6-1 win over Plainville in a Central Connecticut Conference South match played at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Wednesday night.
Coady’s record-breaking 15th goal of the season came just 36 seconds into the match. She added to her record with another goal in the second half.
“She is a very good player,” said coach Nick Libera. “What she did is a significant accomplishment.”
Middletown dominated throughout. The Blue Dragons had 20 shots to Plainville’s nine, and the ball was in Plainville’s end of the field for most of the night. MHSA keeper Desiree Hinton had just five saves.
Plainville (5-6) actually tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Danielle Angelillo in the sixth minute, but Middletown took the lead for good on a goal by Arabia Henley with 15:57 remaining in the first half. That was the score at the break, but the Blue Dragons ran away and hid in the second half.
“We played all right in the first half,” said Libera. “But we were outstanding in the second half.”
Rajeen Mayo scored off a pass from Coady with 34:31 left in the match to give Middletown a 3-1 lead. Coady’s second goal of the night with 22:50 to go built the lead to 4-1.
Kellie Gambell scored on a penalty kick with 19:15 left, and freshman Alex Giardina scored the first varsity goal of her career with 7:14 to play.
“It was nice to see Alex score,” said Libera. “She has been playing very well and she contributes.”
That it was Senior Night made the win special.
“We started all 10 of our seniors,” Libera said. “And the game ended with all of them on the field. It was a special night for them. But the thing is we have a team that supports each other.
“Everyone we have on the team played tonight and they all showed that they can contribute. It’s also important that we are improving. It’s important to be playing your best when the postseason comes around.”
Libera said his team has put itself in position to qualify for the CCC tournament and has already qualified for the state tourney.
Middletown (9-2) hosts Maloney Friday at 3:30.