By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
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Abigail Innamurato’s goal with 66 minutes, 23 seconds gone in the match, broke a 1-1 tie and enabled the Shelton girls’ soccer team to sneak past Amity Saturday night. The Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division contest was plated at the Gaelettes’ Finn Stadium.
Meghan Howard, who had missed the Lady Spartans’ last three games due to an injury, returned Saturday night and made her presence known immediately. Gathering in a pass from Dakota Kelly, Howard booted it by Shelton goalie, Michaela Joyce with only 1:19 gone in the contest. Amity (now 3-2-1 and 1-2 against Housy opposition) clung to that 1-0 until Meghan Burke knocked home a match-tying penalty kick at 38:37. Losing Coach Owen Quigley insisted that neither he nor any players from either team saw any violation that could result in a penalty kick as play continued and the penalty call had to be remade by the officials. Quigley also noted that he repeatidly asked the officials to explain the violation but was ignored by them.
Shelton (now 5-0-1) outshot the Lady Spartans 23-12. Amity netminder Zoie Reed was called on to make 20 saves while Joyce recorded 10.
“I was very confused why the officials would not tell me what caused the penalty kick, “he said. “This was a match we should have won. We deserved better today.”
Quigley also noted that Tara Ramierez, his second leading scorer was knocked down but no penalty was called. In addition, he pointed to a questionable decision not to call a Shelton hand ball that the officials told him was accidental contact.
Earlier in the week, Ramierez recorded a three-goal hat trick to lead the Lady Spartans past Lyman Hall 5-0.
According to Quigley, “I was told that Lyman Hall was missing four senior starters due to a field trip, but I think we would have won even if all four of those girls were there to play against us. We were clearly the better team, played well, and recorded an easy win. I thought our younger girls played reasonably well. We really weren’t tested. The match was over after the first 10-12 minutes.”
In addition to he also lauded the play of outside midfielder Cassie Geza.
Amity outshot the Trojans 26-2 and Reed never had to make a save.