Farmington wins 13th state title, edging out Cheshire


HARTFORD — That’s a lucky 13 for the Farmington boys’ soccer team.

The No. 7 seeded River Hawks had to recover from an early deficit but left Dillon Stadium with the CIAC Class LL State Championship after defeating No. 13 Cheshire 3- 2.

This is the 13th CIAC state title for the program.

“The plates left everything on the pitch and played an amazing game and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Farmington coach Nick Boorman said. “Tonight was a great team effort and that’s how it’s been all season for us. We got better over the year and tonight we got better as the game progressed.

Farmington had only allowed one goal against once all season before Saturday night and had to face one of the few times this season.

“We knew we had to face adversity in the tournament with every game you play,” said Boorman. “We lost our leader and one of Connecticut’s best players to Ben Cosentino in the tournament and we were down tonight. It’s not the bad thing that happens to you, it’s the way you react and we have responded tonight and they have responded all year round.

Matt Cence’s goal with 20:32 to go broke a 2-2 tie and from there Farmington’s defense didn’t give Cheshire much leeway.

Murphy Malone scored twice in the first half for Cheshire

His first goal broke the seal of both teams when he managed a Marcello Pannone cross seven minutes into the game.

His second tied the game 2-2 when he fired a 25-yard shot in the upper right corner.

Between and less than a minute after Malone’s opening goal, Farmington tied at 1-1 when Caden Gallagher took a shot after taking a pass from Michael Gudewicz.

Farmington then took the lead with Cence breaking away from the ball, dribbling and scoring.

Cheshire’s race to the final was unforgettable.

“Our guys were amazing and worked so hard tonight and had so much determination,” said Cheshire coach Artur Branco. “I’m so proud of them. It was good football. It was really good football in high school and you don’t see two teams playing so well. It was nice to see such a tough game in a big hall. .


Matt Cence, Farmington: Cence has scored twice and been on the ball all night for the River Hawks.


“Scoring the winner is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Cence. “My first goal was pretty decent and I felt good. The second, I don’t know how to explain this feeling. Scoring the winner in a cup final is awesome.

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Scoring: C — Murphy Malone 2g; Marcello Pannone 1a. F-Caden Gallagher 1 g; Matt Cence 2g; Michael Gudewicz 1a

Goalkeepers: F — Pat Pietraszewski 6 saves; C — Andres Diosa 8 stops


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