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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Nov 9th - Shelton (0) @ Fairfield Ludlowe (4) 

Shelton Falls to Falcons in CIAC Class LL Playoffs

 
With the sting of the SCC Final still smarting a bit, and having to sit out two days of training due to early winter storms, the 17th ranked Gaelettes traveled to Fairfiield Ludlowe to face the 16th ranked Falcons in the first round of the CIAC Class LL playoffs.  Shelton had seen Ludlowe many times over the last three seasons and had eliminated the Falcons each of those years.  So it was no surprise that Ludlowe came into this game highly motivated to change their fortunes against the Gaelettes.  For the first 15 minutes or so, the game looked to be another battle of wills as Shelton dominated play.  The Falcons bent but would not break.  Shelton got two solid chances in that first few minutes, but came away empty.  This would prove to be fatal as the Falcons began to dominate the play and forced the Gaelettes back into their own end.  Midway through the half, Ludlowe broke through and got a breakaway though the Gaelettes' center.  GK Micaela Joyce charged out to play the attacker, but she she did, a fine shot was struck that slipped just by her and into the Shelton net.  The goal lifted the Falcons and they continued to press their attack.  With just 30 seconds left in the half, Ludlowe struck again, from inside the penalty area and Shelton went into the half down 2-0.  In the second half, Ludlowe's attack became relentless and Shelton struggled to find its offensive rhythm.  Unable to generate offense against the larger and more physically dominant Falcons, Shelton eventually shifted to a two-forward attack, putting Megan Burke up top to improve their chances.  But this still didn't help as the Falcons simply took over the game midway through the second half.  They would score twice more, putting the game out of reach and ending the Gaelettes' season with a 4-0 loss.  Shelton finishes their 2012 campaign with a 9-5-6 record and as the 2012 SCC runnerup.  They also made their 7th straight appearance in the Class LL tournament.  Ludlowe's season came to an end just one game later when they fell to undefeated and top ranked Glastonbury in the next round of the Class LL tournament.
 
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Tuesday, Nov 6th - Shelton (0) vs Branford (1) OT

Gaelettes Fall IN OT to Branford in SCC Final
 

For the third straight year the Gaelettes played their way into the SCC Final.  Travelling to West Haven High, the 4th ranked Shelton side would be facing a motivated Branford squad, who came in as the 6th seed. In their last SCC tournament meeting, the Gaelettes had spanked the Hornets on their way to the SCC Championship.  But this time, Shelton would find the Hornets a more challenging foe.I It proved to be a battle from the opening whistle.  Shelton focused on Branford's super star player, isolating her so that she could not be played to very well.  This strategy paid off well as the Gaelettes' defensive group of Kelly McCormack, Sydney Spadinger, Samantha Hartmayer, Carly Shomksy, Steph Vahos, Laurel Bailey and Vanessa Marques suffocated much of Branford's central attack in the first half.  At the other end, Shelton had a series of near misses.  Alexis Zoppi found some room about midway in the first half and launched a nice diagonal shot that was saved at the last moment by the Branford keeper.  Zoppi picked up the rebound and fired another shot that was again deflected by the Hornet keeper and although Shelton got that loose ball, the third shot just went wide of the post.  Megan Burke continued to pace the attack, lacing two fine shots into frame, that were both saved.  And the teams went into the half scoreless.  The second half proved more of the same, with Branford attempting to catch Shelton on long balls sent up forward to their runners, only to be thwarted by the Gaelettes' mids and defenders.  At the other end, the Hornet defense stiffened and prevented Shelton from getting many good looks at goal.  Another scoreless half and the teams went into OT.  It was looking like a game in which a single error would decide the outcome and that's just what happened.  Disaster struck the Shelton side as the first OT neared the end. Branford finally got their top target isolated 1v1 against the Shelton backs and a fine through ball turned the Shelton defender and gave the Hornet forward a clear run to goal.  GK Micaela Joyce came out strong to prevent the breakaway and there was contact made just inside the penalty box.  The referee whistled the foul and pointed to the penalty spot to give Branford a PK.  With the game now to be decided on a golden goal PK, all the pressure fell onto the Hornet forward and Joyce. The PK was well struck and Branford too the SCC Championship 1-0.  While disappointed, the Gaelettes could look back at a great tournament run that included three well played games, taking out their arch-rival and the SCC top seed along the way.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Nov 2nd - Shelton (1) @ Mercy (1) adv on PK's

Gaelettes Continue SCC Post Season Run Taking Top Seed Mercy  in PKs
 
After seeing the season scrambled due to Hurricane Sandy, Shelton traveled to Middletown to face the Mercy Tigers , this year's top seed in SCC play, in the SCC semifinals.  Shelton came out of the opening whistle blazing as Megan Burke and Alexis Zoppi disrupted Merc's first possession and broke through the Tiger defense in the first 10 seconds with the ball.  The shot went just wide. But the Gaelettes nearly struck again on another steal of the ball just two minutes later.  Shelton's pressure on the ball was relentless but disaster struck in the fourth minute when a long ball over the top caught the Shelton backs too high and Mercy got a 1v1 against GK Micaela Joyce.  The Tigers struck and took the early lead.  The goal deflated the Gaelettes attack and for the next 30 minutes, Shelton was playing a lot of defense under pressure.  Mercy was able to use their size and strength to their advantage throughout the half.  Shelton slowly regained their form and in the 31st minute, equalized the score when Kelly Howard found Vanessa Marques in front of the goal.  Marques scrambled against tough defensive pressure but found the seam and put the short shot in to give Shelton a tie at the half.  The second half was simply a slugfest.  A slippery field and hard challenges added to the excitement.  Mercy struck the cross bar midway through but came away empty.  Joyce made 10 second half saves.  At the end of regualation the teams went into golden goal overtime. neither team could find the net in either overtime period and Shelton found itself having to face a PK shootout with the Tigers.  In the first round, Kristen Grabarz, Marques, Steph Vahos and Megan Burke all converted their PKs.  Unfortunately, the Tigers also converted 4 of their first 5 tries.  In the second round, Mercy made their first kick as did Carly Shomsky for the Gaelettes.  Mercy missed their second attempt, despite a cross bar strike and Shelton missed as well.  Joyce then saved the third Mercy try but this time, Yarden Tepper converted to give Shelton control.  Mercy's fourth attempt was also saved by Joyce, setting up Samantha Hartmayer to deliver the winner for the Gaelettes.  Jo Jo did her job and the Shelton side mobbed her and Micaela as Shelton advances to its third consecutive SCC championship game.  As a side note, just one day later, Daniel Hand thoroughly outplayed Cheshire to send home the second seeded Rams.  The Gaelettes now prepared to play either seventh seeded Daniel Hand or sixth seeded Branford in the final
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Marques
Assists - Howard

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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Saturday, Oct 27th - Shelton (3) vs Amity (1) 

Shelton Hosts SCC Quarters Against Arch-Rival Amity
For the third straight season, Shelton's path to the SCCs had the same huge hurdle in front of them they had seen twice before.....the 5th seeded Spartans of Amity High.  Amity had thoroughly beaten Shelton 4-0 in their last meeting, just two weeks earlier, so the Gaelettes knew they had to deliver their best soccer to advance.  And Amity came out strong, in a very physical first half.  Their offense dominated, but the Gaelettes didn't break and while outshot 8 to 5, the back line of Steph Vahos, Kelly McCormack, Carly Shomsky and Sydney Spadinger along with another fine half from Micaela Joyce in goal held the Spartans scoreless.  Shelton got solid offense from Vanessa Marques, Jess Swarni and Megan Burke, but also were held scoreless by the Spartans' defense.  The game broke loose in the second half.  A foul in the 49th minute put Burke with a free kick from 35 yards out.  Meg delivered one of her best shots of the season as she put the ball high into the back of the Spartan net over their All-Conference keeper to put Shelton up by one.  The game got ever more physical at that point, with 15 of the 21 fouls called in the game coming after that goal.  Shelton struck again in the 61st minute when Alexis Zoppi laced a great shot to from the right side across the goal to the left post that caught Amity overshifted and Shelton led 2-0.  Amity refused to wilt and they got hold of a loose ball in the 75th minute and put it past a charging Micaela Joyce to halve the Gaelette lead.  It was the only ball that got past her that night as she posted a season high 16 saves for the game.  Burke finished off the Spartans though just 3 minutes later when she stripped an Amity defender of the ball and broke through 1v1 against the keeper.  Her far post shot seamed between the keeper and a closing defender and Shelton put Amity out of the SCCs for the third consecutive season with a 3-1 win.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Burke (2), Zoppi
Assists - 

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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Oct 26th - Shelton (1) vs North Haven (1) 

Gaelettes Post Sixth Draw Hosting North Haven  
The Gaelettes closed out their regular season hosting North Haven in a game rescheduled by weather problems.  The Gaelettes came into the game knowing they would be the fourth seed in the SCC tournament.  North Haven came in, eliminated from SCC post-season through a series of tie-breakers, so Shelton expected a difficult challenge from the Indians.  Looking ahead to an expected game the next day in the SCC quarters, Shelton played deeper into the bench than it had all season.  Some 27 Gaelettes would contribute to the game.  Shelton struck first, just 11 minutes into the game when Alexis Zoppi fed Megan Burke and Burke converted to give Shelton the early lead.  Shelton protected this lead well into the second half, but took an unlucky hand ball call in their own penalty area in the 62nd minute.  North Haven converted to even the score.  The game grew much more physical at this point and Shelton made some key subs to deal with that.  Shelton put Taylor Nacovitch into the game with about 10 minutes left with instructions to man-mark North Haven's top player and keep her out of the attack.  Taylor delivered the physical play needed and with just 2 minutes left, the North Haven forward fouled a defending Taylor very hard.  That resulted in a red card for North Haven and a subsequent ejection of their coach.  An ugly end to a hard fought tie, but both teams showed excellent sportsmanship after the game.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Burke
Assists - Zoppi


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Wednesday, Oct 24th - Shelton (0) vs Hand (2) 

Gaelettes Fall to Daniel Hand on Senior Night
Senior Night always proves to be a challenging game, and this one proved that once again.  After a wonderful ceremony honoring the 10 graduating Gaelettes, Shelton turned to business and found themselves in another hard battle with the motivated Tigers.   It was a night of luck falling on the visitors' side more than the Gaelettes.  The Shelton side would put 15 shots on frame, with 3 each coming from midfielders Kelly Howard and Laurel Bailey.  At the other end, Hand put 14 shots on net themselves, with Micaela Joyce getting a dozen solid saves and stopping two breakaways.  Both teams battled hard but two unassisted strikes from Hand's top forward, the first in the 34th minute and the second in the 67th put the Gaelettes down 2-0 and left them with their third loss of the season.  A tough ending to an otherwise wonderful Senior Night.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Monday, Oct 22nd - Shelton (1) @ Sacred Heart (1) 

Gaelettes Take Draw with Sacred Heart Academy
Shelton traveled away to Hamden to play the Pacers once again in the return match.  Shelton expected an improved SHA side and they saw it.  The Pacers came out very solid and found themselves playing defense early against a strong SHA attack.  SHA got several shots early, but GK Micaela Joyce proved ready for the challenge as she turned every one away.  The Pacers dominated the Gaelettes for the first 20 minutes, but Shelton slowly improved their play and in the 26th minute, struck first when Megan Burke converted Alexis Zoppi's pass to give Shelton the lead.  Shelton's lead lasted about 10 minutes when the Pacers struck the equalizer just before the half.  The game proved to be a slugfest in the second half, with both teams getting opportunities and both teams not connecting on them.  The teams played even in terms of shots and saves in the second half and a frustrated Shelton team left with their fifth tie of the season.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Burke
Assists - Zoppi


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Wednesday, Oct 17th - Shelton (2) @ Cheshire (2) 

Gaelettes Rebound With Strong Showing at Cheshire
There's never a doubt about motivation when the Gaelettes tangle with the Rams.  A scoreless draw earlier in the season simply added more fuel to the fire in both teams.  With the Housy title out of reach, it was Shelton's intent to send a message to the Rams that they intended to dethrone Cheshire as SCC champions.  The game proved to be as physical as everyone expected.  The two teams would draw 32 fouls between them.  Shelton tallied the first goal just 8 minutes into the game when Samantha Hartmayer's free kick from the outside, fell into a sea of white and orange shirts.  Laurel Bailey got her foot on the ball and put it in the goal to give Shelton the lead.  Cheshire fought hard with strong attacks down the wing, but Syd Spadinger and Carly Shomsky stood up to the test.  Cheshire was able to get the equalizer in the 27th minute.  The Gaelettes didn't even flinch and roared right back, scoring their second goal just 5 minutes later.  Hartmayer's second long free kick from the center, seemed as though it was going to be sent on by Abby Innamorato-Brannen's header. As she leaped up, the Cheshire players in the box froze for just a second, and the ball passed over them to Megan Burke who came sliding in on the right post and pushed the ball into the net to give the Gaelettes a 2-1 lead at the half.  A Shelton foul early in the second half gave Cheshire opportunity to equalize.  Despite a difficult angle, a quick restart caught the Gaelettes still setting their defense and the Cheshire strike was excellent, overcoming the bad angle and dropping into the back of the net at the far post.  The game turned more dramatic when Alexis Zoppi nearly converted a cross shortly later and collided with the Ram's keeper.  The keeper had to leave the game and would not return.  Shelton kept up their pressure on the inexperienced Ram's backup, but the Cheshire side collapsed into a more defensive mindset for the remainder of the game.  The game would end a draw as both teams left a bit frustrated that they could not win the season series against the other.  Shelton's renewed intensity bodes well as they look to gain revenge against North Haven in their next match.  With a 7-2-4 record, the Gaelettes remain in strong contention for the SCC tournament and hold a solid ranking in the Class LL looking ahead to post-season play.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Bailey, Burke
Assists - Hartmayer (2)


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Monday, Oct 15th - Shelton (0) @ Amity (4) 

Gaelettes Fall to Spartans in Housy Play
Still in the hunt for the Housy title, the Gaelettes paid a visit to Amity to play the Spartans in a key divisional match.  Unfortunately, they ran into a very motivated Amity side.  With the last several matches having gone to the Gaelettes and Amity falling in a close match away, they were very prepared for Shelton.  Shelton nearly struck in the opening seconds, but after that, the game was dominated by the home side.  The Gaelettes were outshot 19-9 on the game and played signficant portions of the game in their own half.  Getting strong play from Micaela Joyce in goal and from defenders Steph Vahos and Sydney Spadinger and Carly Shomksy, the Gaelettes worked hard to overcome a relentless Spartan attack.  A marking error on an Amity corner kick in the 15th minute put the Spartans up by 1.  Five minutes later, Amity played a nice combination out in front of the Gaelette goal that caught Shelton overplaying the ball and the Sparts struck again to lead by 2 at half.  Despite strong play from Laurel Bailey and Meg Burke in the second half, the Shelton offense couldn't get untracked and in the 51st minute, another challenge on the ball went bad and Amity struck on a breakaway to increase their lead.  Amity finished off the scoring in the 58th minute on a cross to the near post that was poked in.  Amity's 4-0 win dealt a severe blow the the Gaelettes' chances of repeating their SCC Housatonic Division championship.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Oct 12th - Shelton (3) vs Sheehan (1) 

Shelton Rolls Past Sheehan in Housy Play
Shelton notched their 7th win of the season in a strong performance against the Lady Titans.  Shelton played well across the field, getting solid performances from Micaela Joyce in goal, Kristen Grabarz at midfield, Alexis Zoppi at forward and the entire back line of Stephanie Vahos, Kelly McCormack, Samantha Hartmayer and Sydney Spadinger.  But Megan Burke had a stellar night, getting 3 assists in Shelton's 3-1 win.  First she fed Zoppi with a pass in the 8th minute that gave Shelton the early lead.  Sheehan struck back with an equalizer in the 19th minute, but in the 23rd minute, Burke found McCormack coming in from the right outside defense and fed her a perfect pass.  Kelly lofted the ball into the Sheehan net to put the Gaelettes up by 2.  Burke found Grabarz in the 49th minute and Kristen made sure by putting the ball into the net to close out the scoring for the night.  The Gaelettes were able to empty the bench as they continued to dominate the Titans to the final whistle.  Shelton heads into the next week with huge games against Amity, Cheshire and a return match with North Haven, the only team to beat them this season.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
Zoppi, McCormack, Grabarz
Assists - Burke (3)


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Tuesday, Oct 9th - Shelton (2) vs Lyman Hall (1) 

Shelton Sweep Season Series with Trojans
It was Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Finn Stadium as the Gaelettes hosted division rival Lyman Hall.  In a dominating performance, the Gaelettes did just about everything right except score a lot of goals.  They certainly had plenty of changes.  With midfielder Kelly Howard leading the team with 4, Shelton outshot the Trojans 19-2 and had Lyman Hall pinned in its own end for most of the game.  Lyman Hall ran its offside trap quite well, catching the surging Shelton attack 8 times on the night.  But despite the constant pressure, the scored still stood at 0-0 at the half.  Halftime discussion focused on maintaining pressure and keeping patience, as the Gaelettes knew the goals had to come.  And just 3 minutes into the second half, they did.  Midfielder Jess Swarni came in from the right and took an Alexis Zoppi pass and pushed the ball in from about 8 yards out.  Ten minutes later, Vanessa Marques took a pass from Megan Burke and made a tremendous run through the Trojan midfield and defense to score and Shelton led 2-0.  Shelton's pressure kept the Lyman Hall team in their own end, but one breakaway late in the game proved costly.  The Trojan forward got through the Gaelette defense in pursuit of a through ball.  Micaela Joyce made an outstanding charge at the ball but collided with the Trojan player just inside the penalty area.  Lyman Hall was awarded a PK and they converted it in the 79th minute to give a 2-1 final score in favor of Shelton.
 
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
Swarni, Marquez
Assists - Zoppi, Burke


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Oct 5th - Shelton (1) @ Guilford (1) 

Shelton Comes From Behind to Tie Guilford Away
 
The visiting Gaelettes traveled to play the Indians on their Breast Cancer Awareness Night, so it was a sea of pink instead of the usual Guilford green.  Both teams were prepared for another hard fought and physical battle and the game proved to be just that.  Shelton got strong performances yet again from Micaela Joyce in goal, as well as Megan Burke, Stephanie Vahos and midfielder Kristen Grabarz.  After the teams battled to a scoreless first half, the Indians struck first on a tremendous shot,  some 30 yards out from the right that blasted into the back corner of the Shelton goal.  The Gaelettes continued to battle and soon had the run of the play.  Shelton would outshoot the hosts by a 14 to 6 margin, but the biggest one came in the 69th minute.  Burke, who had moved up to forward, drew a lot of attention in the penalty area and dropped a great pass to a chargning Grabarz.  Kristen's shot was struck from some 35 yards out and floated under the crossbar to level the score.  Shelton had two other solid chances, but couldn't duplicate and ended with their 3rd tie of the season.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
Grabarz
Assists - Burke


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Wednesday, Oct 3rd - Shelton (0) @ North Haven (3) 

Gaelettes Fall In the Rain at North Haven
 
It was deja vu all over again as Shelton paid a visit to the host Indians.   The Gaelettes had been here before, playing in the rain against  a motivated North Haven squad.  And from the opening kickoff, the Gaelettes found themselves on their heels.  The Indians provided a relentless attack on the Shelton defense, using their great speed outside to spread the Gaelettes and expose playing space for themselves.  Fortunately, goalkeeper Micaela Joyce proved worthy of the challenge, and playing perhaps her strongest game of the year, made key save after key save.   She would get 14 such saves on the night.  Shelton broke in the 27th minute, when a poorly cleared ball fell to the feat of an Indian forward.  She broke through the Shelton backs and blasted a ball past Joyce to give North Haven the lead.   Seven minutes later, North Haven struck again, when a headed ball over the top of the Shelton defense fell in front of a charging North Haven player and they scored to take a 2-0 halftime lead.  Shelton refocused in the second half, but couldn't get their offense going.  The Indians struck one last time late in the second half, off a well struck shot from the center that could not be reached by Joyce.  The Gaelettes took their first loss of the year with the return match with Guilford looming ahead.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Monday, Oct 1st - Shelton (0) vs Cheshire (0) 

Gaelettes and Rams Battle to Scoreless Draw
 
Shelton played host to defending SCC Champions Cheshire in a battle for the Housy Division lead.  And the Rams proved they understood the importance of the game by bringing a solid attack and defense to Shelton.  The Gaelettes found themselves playing in their own end much of the game and for the first time this season were outshot by an opponent.  The Shelton defense would have to take 23 shots against themselves, but while the defense bent, it never broke.  Leading the effort was Senior GK Micaela Joyce, who played an outstanding game.  She had 17 saves on the night, finding herself in several one on one situations.  But her command of the box was tremendous and the Rams could not find the goal.  Shelton's best chance came in the first half when an outstanding corner kick by Megan Burke was strongly headed on goal by Steph Vahos.  However, the ball was saved on the line by the Cheshire keeper to hold Shelton scoreless.  Burke contributed to Shelton's next best chance on a sizzling free kick from 25 yards out that just missed over the cross bar. Shelton remains undefeated and has 5 shutouts in 7 games as the near the midpoint of the season.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Saturday, Sept 29th - Shelton (2) vs Amity (1) 

Gaelettes Best Spartans in Key Housy Matchup
There's nothing better than a fall Saturday evening in Shelton with long-time nemesis Amity coming to town.  The strong Housy programs faced off in a critical game with huge divisional implications.  The Gaelettes were focused to play, but were shocked when they fell behind in the game in the first two minutes.  A fine seam pass and a great turn on the ball by the Spartans and Amity led 1-0, putting the Gaelettes behind for the first time this season.  Shelton dominated the play from that point on as the game got increasingly more physical.  The rough play worked against Amity in the 38th minute, when Megan Burke was taken down in the penalty area. Burke converted the penalty to bring the Gaelettes level at half time.  Shelton continued to dominate the Spartan and it paid off in the 67th minute.  Yarden Tepper's tremendous throw into the box was headed by Abby Innamorato-Brannen into the net and Shelton took the lead.  Shelton continued their pressure but the Amity keeper proved up to the challenge as she made 22 saves in the game.  But the Gaelettes' defense, led by a resurgent Jess Swarni in the midfield blunted Amity's offense and Shelton remained undefeated and remained in the fight for the Housy lead.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Burke, Brannen
Assists - Tepper


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Tuesday, Sept 25th - Shelton (0) @ Sheehan (0) 

Gaelettes Stub Toe Against Titans
 
The Gaelettes traveled to the depths of Wallingford to play Housy foe Sheehan.  Coming off a struggle against Lyman Hall, Shelton looked to dominate the Titans.  And except for the final score, the Gaelettes did just that.  Megan Burke led the offensive attack with 7 shots on goal herself.  Sophomore Alexis Zoppi contributed 4 more.  With several other players contributing, the Gaelettes outshot Sheehan 19-6, but couldn't find the back of the Titans' net.  At the other end, the Gaelettes defense posted it's fourth shutout, getting solid play, particularly from Seniors Sydney Spadinger and Steph Vahos.  Micaela Joyce provided another outstanding game in net and personally thwarted the best two Sheehan chances of the day. Despite the tie, the Gaelettes remain undefeated in Housy play and are in strong contention for their division championship
 
Game Stats:

Goals - 
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Sept 21st - Shelton (4) @ Lyman Hall (2) 

Gaelettes Survive Scare at Lyman Hall
The undefeated Shelton Gaelettes rolled into Wallingford on a Friday afternoon to open defense of their Housatonic Division Championship against the Trojans.  Shelton looked to flex their muscle and beat the famed Trojan offside trap and seemed on that path in the 5th minute.  Megan Burke lofted a nice corner kick to the far post that defender Steph Vahos stepped in and headed into the net.  Shelton continued to dominate play and struck again on a Burke goal struck off a pass from midfielder Laurel Bailey in the 18th minute.  But about that time, the Shelton intensity seemed to wane and Lyman Hall began to show life, fighting back to get control of the game.  A stern message of warning from the coaching staff at half didn't seem to have an effect as the Trojans continued to dominate the flow of the game.  Shelton seemed to be struggling to maintain pace and shape on the small field and combined with some poor marking, yielded their first goal of the season in the 54th minute.  A Trojan cross from their left side, was nearly struck directly in front of the goal, but slid past two Shelton defenders to an unmarked Lyman Hall player on the weak side who converted the cross.  The Trojans, now greatly energized pressed hard and struck on a long ball in the 67th minute that eluded GK Micaela Joyce and the game was tied.  Shelton snapped to life after this and in the last 13 minutes, took control of the game and struck 9 shots on goal in a furious display of offense.  The relentless attack worked as Shelton pulled ahead in the 75th minute.  Laurel Bailey's pass was taken on the left side by Kelly Howard, who struck to the right side of the net.  Megan Burke struck again just two minutes later on an unassisted shot to seal the Gaelette's 4-2 win.  Having dodged a serious upset, the Gaelettes now must focus on three straight division games with Sheehan, Amity and defending SCC Champion, Cheshire, over the next 10 days. 
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Vahos, Burke (2), Howard
Assists - Burke, Bailey (2)

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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Wednesday, Sept 19th - Shelton (1) vs Sacred Heart (0) 

Gaelettes Remain Undefeated in Third Straight Shutout
Shelton faced yet another early season matchup with a division winner, as the Pacers from Sacred Heart Academy paid a visit to Finn Stadium.  Coming in off a great 2011 season and the Quinnipiac Division Championship, Shelton expected yet another difficult opponent.  Unlke the last games, in which the Gaelettes struck early and had to defend the lead, SHA proved a far more difficult team for Shelton to penetrate.  Held to a dozen shots in the game, most were saved by the resilient Pacer keeper.  The game was cleanly fought by both teams, with just three fouls called by the officials.  Shelton held the Pacers in check, with the back line of Kelly McCormack, Steph Vahos, Samantha Hartmayer, Sydney Spadinger and Marcelina Lombardi as well as midfielders Kristin Grabarz, Laurel Bailey and Abby Innamorato-Brannen allowing just 3 shots for the game.  And as the game rolled into the last five minutes, it looked like the teams would battle to a draw.  Then the Gaelettes struck out of the blue.  Midfielder Megan Burke, who had left the game after a clash of heads resulted in an ugly gash above her eye, was surprisingly patched up well enough to play by Trainer Nicole Yacobino.  With just five minutes left in the game, Burke returned and on her first touch, slid a seam pass left to right to forward Yarden Tepper.  Tepper cut left with the ball and drilled a shot into the weak side of the next to put the Gaelettes up.  A stiff defense for the next three minutes and Shelton upped their record to 3-0-0.
 
Game Stats:

Goals - 
Tepper
Assists - Burke


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Friday, Sept 14th - Shelton (1) vs Guilford (0) 

Gaelettes Claim Second Win Over Indians
 
The Shelton Gaelettes opened their 2012 home season by hosting reigning Hammonnassett Division Champions Guilford High.  The early season clash of division champions proved a test for both programs.  The always physical Indians played to expectations, getting called for a dozen fouls across the game.  Shelton took a half dozen hard fouls as well.  And despite the 25 shots from both teams, the game proved to be a defensive battle.  Shelton struck first in the 13th minute when Alexis Zoppi picked up a loose ball from Samantha Hartmayer's shot and netted it.   It proved to be a great goal as Shelton would take an additional 16 shots on goal that would all be saved by the Indians keeper.  At the Shelton end, GK Micaela Joyce saw 7 shots from Guilford and made 6 saves.  Two of those saves were 1v1 clashes with the Guilford forwards.  The Gaelettes were able to control the run of play for most of the game and earned their second shutout in as many games.
 
Game Stats:

Goals - 
Zoppi
Assists - 


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Shelton Gaelettes Game Summary: Tuesday, Sept 11th - Shelton (1) @ Hand (0) 

Gaelettes Open 2012 on Winning Note
 
The Shelton Gaelettes, sporting a new formation and seven new starters, traveled to Daniel Hand to open their 2012 season.  And while they looked a bit rough and ragged around the edges, they put together a solid defensive effort and showed some flashes of excellence as they took a 1-0 victory at the expense of the Tigers.  Shelton was able to force the Madison girls to put most of their attack over the top with long balls forward.  Shelton consistently won these balls as Steph Vahos, Samantha Hartmayer, Sydney Spadinger and Captain Kelly McCormack outworked the Hand forwards to win these loose balls.  In the attack, center midfielder and Captain Megan Burke set the tempo throughout the game, getting strong help from Laural Bailey and Kristin Grabarz behind her in the second half.  Hannah Gill showed her potential as she took more and more control of the right flank in attack and made several strong crosses.  Up front, Alexis Zoppi, playing as solo forward did a fine job creating combination plays with Burke, Gill and the other outside mids, Selina Jose and Kelly Howard.  Shelton controlled the run of play, nearly scoring twice, before they struck in the 59th minute.  McCormack delivered a fine driving free kick from about 30 yards out that a slashing Burke headed directly into the net from about 8 yards out from goal.  Goalkeeper and Captain Micaela Joyce made 6 saves and along with the defense, earned Shelton's first shutout of the young season.  Shelton will be well tested in their next game as they host the Indians of Guilford High School.
 
Game Stats:

Goals -
 Burke
Assists - McCormack