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Holy Cross scores early, pushes Northwest Catholic back for 2nd consecutive title

HARTFORD – Holy Cross women’s football coach Phil Mongelluzzo and senior Devon Bushka admitted they felt comfortable once Holy Cross scored their third goal on Sunday afternoon.

But Northwest Catholic was not finished, far from it. The Lions roared back with a pair of goals and the Class S State Championship was yet to be won.

Holy Cross managed to hang on for the 3-2 victory and the second straight Class S State Championship, this one held at Dillon Stadium.

“We wobble, we get hit, we get hit, we get hit, we try to persevere and keep the lead,” said Mongelluzzo. “Hats off to Northwest Catholic, what a crazy game. This is a testament to their team of coaches.

It was the second consecutive S-Class state title for the Crusaders (19-3-1). Holy Cross won it in 2019 against Old Lyme. There was no state tournament last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s so amazing that we have accomplished so much in the past three years. It feels good to be back after 2019, ”said Bushka, a senior and tournament MVP.

Bushka scored the first two goals. Isabella Lombardo scored the opening goal, lifted it over the head of Catholic Northwestern goalkeeper Rachel Healey in the opposite corner of the net. It was the only goal of the first half.

It took almost 235 minutes of play before a goal was scored in a state championship women’s soccer game this weekend. Sacred Heart Academy and Mercy in M ​​class, followed by Staples and Wilton in LL, both played scoreless draws on Saturday and were all co-champions.

Jenna Tracy scored Holy Cross’s second goal, followed by Kaitlyn Alagno 2 minutes later. Alagno scored his straight from a corner that was left untouched in the net with 22:50 to go.

Emily Nicholas, who had a semifinal hat trick against Coginchaug, put Northwest Catholic (10-9-2) on the board 5 minutes after Alagno’s goal. Then Alexia Lilly scored with just over 12 minutes to go.

“Getting marked three times, starting this fire was a huge turning point for us,” said Northwestern Catholic coach Shelbie Carr. “What drove us through this tournament is knowing that regardless of being the 24th seed, knowing that we are the underdogs, we have to prove ourselves time and time again to be able to do it today. ‘hui. “

Goalkeeper Rachel Healey made nine saves for the Crusaders. Charlotte Polking made four saves for the Lions.