Girls soccer: Lauralton Hall vanquished in SCC final

Lauralton Hall lost a 2-2 (3-1 in penalty kicks) decision to Shelton High in the final of the Southern Connecticut Conference girls soccer tournament on Wednesday night at Crisafi Field in East Haven.

Caroline Monahan was the lone Lauralton Hall player to convert her penalty chance, as Gaelettes' keeper Shelby Offord made two saves and another Crusader kick slammed off the post. Offord was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.

The second-seeded Crusaders, appearing in their first SCC title game, squandered a 2-0 lead in the final 13:30 of regulation.

After Mia Mulin converted a rebound off of Gianna Mecca's chance with 7:34 left in the first half, the Crusaders (14-4-1) doubled their advantage on an own goal with 21:01 left to play.

Undaunted, Kaleigh Panek rifled a shot over Lauralton keeper Colleen McCarthy with 13:30 remaining to get Shelton on the scoreboard. It was Panek's fourth marker of the SCC playoffs. Then, with 1:25 left, fourth-seeded Shelton (14-2-3) got the equalizer when Kathryn Arena slammed a shot home off of a corner kick from the left flag.

Neither team could produce a golden goal in overtime, but Michelle Gutierrez, Panek and Sarah Skoronski were good from the spot in penalty kicks to give Shelton its second SCC title and its first since 2010.

Lauralton Hall will next compete in the Class L state tournament, starting on Monday, Nov. 9.