Girls soccer: Jocelyn Wirth tallies two goals vs Shelton
The Jonathan Law and Shelton High girls soccer teams fought to a 2-2 deadlock last Thursday afternoon in a Southern Connecticut Conference matchup in Milford.
Coach J.D. Rhodes’ Lady Lawmen overturned a 1-0 halftime deficit in their season opener, as senior captain Jocelyn Wirth converted a pair or second-half strikes.
Wirth’s first goal came at the 48-minute mark, before she staked Law to a short-lived lead seven minutes later in the 55th minute.
Shelton scored the equalizer in the 68th minute to salvage the draw, with senior Erin Keary heading home a corner kick from Maggie Howard.
The Gaelettes pressed Law early on, but a Shelton effort was cleared off of the goal line by Law fullback Skylar Sosa.
SHS’ Cassandra Beacham then hit a long shot that was saved by keeper Jillian Hall, resulting in one of her 11 saves.
Shelton’s pressure almost yielded a penalty kick with 26:50 left in the first half, when Howard was tackled inside the 18-yard box by Ashley Regina. The referee ruled play-on and the ball rolled right to Hall.
Shelton attackers Mackenzie Joyce and Esabel Rosa continued to pester the Law defense up front, with Rosa lofting a shot that sailed wide of the frame.
Law’s back four of Sosa and Abigail Bernstein on the outside and Regina and Ciana Lopes centrally kept Shelton at bay until the 19:29 mark of the first half.
Haley Oko whipped in a cross along the left flank that was brought down by Howard, who volleyed home the game’s opening goal.
The Lady Lawmen looked to break through at the 13-minute mark when they won a free kick in the Shelton half. A dangerous ball was played in by Regina, but Leya Vohra cleared it away to safety.
After Elizabeth Porto won a corner for Shelton late in the half that was dealt with by the Law defense, the game went into the break with the Gaelettes holding a 1-0 advantage.
That set the stage for the two-goal second half, with both teams battling for a well-deserved point.
Shelton keeper Arianna Malick made six saves, as the Gaelettes moved their record to 1-0-1 overall.