TORRINGTON >> Sacred Heart’s girls soccer team (1-13) made its first win a big one, 7-0, at Wolcott Tech High School (2-9-1) Thursday afternoon.
The Hearts suffered shut-outs in eight of their Naugatuck Valley League games, plus one more against non-conference Notre Dame-Fairfield.
The scoring spree (four in the first half) was a pent-up luxury.
“It brings us into (today’s game with Torrington) with our heads up,” said Hearts coach Tim Matarazzo.
The Wildcats, with a team full of injuries, played their best game the day before, in a 2-0 loss at undefeated Parish Hill.
“We played great yesterday,” said Coach Ray Royals. “They came in looking for their first win of the year, as if it were a world championship. We didn’t match their intensity.”
“It gives us a win to build off,” said Sacred Heart captain Tiffany Ciavarella.
Coach Matarazzo, in his fourth year at Sacred Heart, has tried to build his program with a stress on summer camps and building a feeder program in Waterbury.
Royals is in his fifth year at Wolcott Tech, with the same kind of effort.
Injuries and illness are factors neither can control.
The Wildcats went to Parish Hill with 16 players. The Pirates have 24 kids on their varsity, but Tech kept up with their substitutions.
Against Sacred Heart, Royals was down to one sub. The Hearts looked increasingly fast as Wildcat legs wore out.
Nevertheless, the first 15 minutes was a standoff.
The Hearts had more shots. Wildness and Tech’s senior goalkeeper Chelsea DiMauro kept Sacred Heart at 0. Wildcat forwards got in their licks.
Two minutes into the game, DiMauro came out for a big save. Royals bellowed the first of several refrains of “I love my keeper!” across the field.
At the other end, Wildcat Victoria Tharau boomed a long try in the eighth minute. Ashley Desrosiers bounced a hard shot off Heart goalkeeper Jaime Clark in the 14th.
Royals relies on an offside trap as an aide to his defense and a kick-start for his offense. For it to work, referees have to make the offsides call.
That didn’t happen in the first 15 minutes. Royals called it off.
In the 16th minutes, the Hearts’ Kara Donnelly took a deflection off a Wildcat defender downfield to the 18 for the game’s first goal.
Brianna Cyr hit the net again three minutes later on a pass from Dae-Zhane Boland.
Ciavarella found her range with scoring shots from 30, then from 40 in the 23rd and 24th.
“We wanted to pick up the pace and work on distributing the ball in the second half,” said Coach Matarazzo.
“After the first few goals (in the game) went in, I tried harder,” said DiMauro.
The Hearts won the first-half shot count 12-4. The Wildcats didn’t record another shot. The Hearts pumped out 21 more shots in the second half, 13 of them handled by DiMauro.
Midway through the second half, Julia Guay slammed a shot off the bottom of the Wildcat crossbar. After several quick bounces near the line, Guay stuck it in.
DiMauro made a great save. Emily Drewry slipped a goal past her from 15 yards out, 5-0.
Then DiMauro batted one shot away, hustled out to get it and picked another shot off a Sacred Heart foot.
“You get more adrenaline when they’re heading toward you,” she said.
She made fantastic saves in our two wins,” said Royals “She’s kept us in a lot of games.”
This time, she kept a bad Wildcat day from getting worse.
Guay’s final goal of the game, seven minutes from the end, had to almost literally go through DiMauro.
Two point blank shots caromed off the stellar keeper. Guay sent the second deflection over DiMauro’s head for the goal.
The Hearts are at Torrington High School this afternoon, then finish their season at 3-10 Derby next Wednesday.
The Wildcats host Bullard Havens Monday, followed by Grasso Tech and Classical Magnet in the final week of their season.
Sacred Heart 7, Wolcott Tech 0
At Wolcott Tech High School
Sacred Heart 4 3-7
Wolcott Tech 0 0-0
Goals: SH-Kara Donnelly; Brianna Cyr; Tiffany Ciavarella 2; Julia Guay 2; Emily Drewry. Assists: SH-Dae-Zhane Boland. Shots: 33-4 Sacred Heart. Saves: SH-Jaime Clarke 4. WT-Chelsea DiMauro 19.
Records: Sacred Heart 1-13; Wolcott Tech 2-9-1.