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Five soccer players received ECC awards. From left: Macy Rawson (ECC Division I Honorable Mention All-Star); Haley Whitehouse (ECC Sportsmanship Award); Grace Gelhaus (ECC Division I All-Star); Addy Smith (ECC Scholar-Athlete) and Kayla Leite (ECC Division I Honorable Mention All-Star) were all honored. Photo by Dennis Snelling.

Woodstock Academy ran into a pretty good side in its second state tournament match. The Centaurs, the 28th-seed, fell behind early against No. 12 Wethersfield and lost 4-0 in a Class L second-round state tournament match on the road.
“I thought we played better in this game than we had in some games we won this season,” said Woodstock coach Paul Rearden.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 first half. Wethersfield got its final goal 10 minutes into the second half.
The Centaurs were also handcuffed a bit when they were hit with a red card with 25 minutes left which left them short-handed for the remainder of the game. The loss ended the Centaurs season at 7-9-1.
Earlier in the week, Woodstock made the trek to Danbury worth it as it brought home a win from its Class L state tournament first-round match.
The Centaurs and No. 5 Abbott Tech tied at 1, but Woodstock took the penalty kick session, 3-2, to advance to second-round play.
Woodstock and Abbott finished scoreless in regulation although the Centaurs had their chances and neither team had many second half chances.
But both teams scored in overtime. The hosts got on the board first and Ty Morgan got the equalizer for the Centaurs in the second OT to force the penalty kicks. Jameson allowed only two PK’s to get by him and Woodstock advanced.
Girls’ Soccer: The season came to a close for the Woodstock girls’ soccer program also far from home. The Centaurs took on Branford in a Class L first-round state tournament game and fell to the Hornets, 1-0.
“We played better in the second half. We just couldn’t get close to their goal,” said Woodstock coach Dennis Snelling.
The Hornets got the only goal of the match in the first half. Branford was awarded a penalty kick and the ball was sent into a scrum in the middle of the box.
The Centaurs had some shots in the second half, but none were dangerous. But they managed to for the most part with sophomore keeper Rebecca Nazer stepping up when she had to and making 10 saves. The loss meant the Centaurs finish with a 5-9-3 record.
Snelling said the progress in a positive direction has been noteworthy lately.
“The last half of the match (vs. Branford) was the best we played. The game against Killingly was as strong as we could play.” Snelling said. “Our younger players are now officially high school athletes. When they came in, they had missed out on a lot from their eighth-grade year. You really don’t know what it’s like to play against 18-year-olds until you do it. They learned a lot and know what they have to do now.
Gold Prep Sweeps Power 5 Games: The legs were heavy Nov. 14. The Gold prep basketball completed a three-game weekend marathon also known as the Power 5 Conference Tip Off Tournament with a 92-69 win over Bridgeport Prep.
“It’s the nature of New England basketball and, on the positive side, we’re just glad that it’s back, that we’re able to play three games in three days,” said Woodstock coach Jacque Rivera.
The Centaurs scored 41 first-half points, but led by only 11 at halftime.
After Bridgeport Prep scored the first two points of the second half, the Centaurs scored the next nine with Trail getting four of his 20 points, to give Woodstock an 18-point lead.
After another Bridgeport Prep basket, the Centaurs went on another 10-point run and were able to breathe easier the remainder of the way.
Big center Jayden Webley was the only other player in double figures with 14.
The Centaurs are off to a 5-0 start.
The Gold squad opened the tournament with a 99-73 win over Rock Top National Nov. 12. Trail and Dominic Strothers both scored 12 points each to lead the Centaurs, Travonne Jackson and Jalen Pitre added 10 apiece.
They followed that up with a 69-57 win over Upper Room Christian Nov. 13. Trail scored 19 in that win.
The Centaurs have an even tougher test on the horizon as they travel to Albertus Magnus College to participate in the National Prep Showcase tournament beginning with a game against Hargrave Military Academy Nov. 19 and then a contest against Skills Factory Nov. 20.
Centaurs Blue Prep: Jan-Viljam Homanen led four players in double figures with 16 points, 14 of those in the second half as the Blue prep basketball team (2-3) broke a two-game losing streak with a 79-63 win over Upper Room Christian Maroon in the Power 5 Conference Tip Off tournament Nov. 13.
The Centaurs were playing with only 10 in uniform as they are a little bumped and bruised, according to Washington.
That made it even more important for Homanen to step up like he did. Kunga Tsering added 13 points while Logan Talbot tossed in 12 and Mike Pelletier 11.
All of Talbot’s points came on 3-pointers while Pelletier added a trio of his own while Tsering did his work inside. The Centaurs opened the tournament with a 71-63 loss to Lincoln Prep. Tsering led Woodstock with 23 points while Homanen added nine. Washington said: “The Power 5 Conference has been amazing. This tournament has been great and everything we could have asked for.” Earlier in the week, Tsering scored 14  but the Woodstock Academy Blue basketball team fell at West Point, N.Y. to Army Prep, 85-65.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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