Sheehan nets hat-trick, reserves gain experience for Masuk girls soccer

Alex Cecchino, left, and a Bunnell player battle for control of the ball during Masuk's 5-0 win on Monday night.

MONROE, CT — Grace Sheehan netted a hat-trick as the Masuk High girls’ soccer team blanked visiting Bunnell 5-0 on a damp Monday night. This marked Masuk’s fifth straight game without surrendering a goal, and sixth shutout of the season — one being a scoreless tie with Pomperaug.

Karina Morales and Samantha Dube also scored in the latest Panther victory. Masuk improved to 7-1-3 overall. The Panthers have dominated the competition of late, outscoring its last four opponents by a combined 27-0. These lopsided tilts give Coach Kate Pellegrino a chance to give reserve players an opportunity to play more.

Stephanie Williamson, right, gets her foot on the ball for the Panthers.

“It gets them a lot of game experience, a lot of comfort on the ball. It gets us together as a team as well,” Pellegrino said.

Masuk’s schedule stands to toughen up a bit. On Thursday, the Panthers visit a Notre Dame-Fairfield team that has just one loss. Game time is 7 p.m.

After a Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. home game against New Fairfield (4-5 heading into Thursday’s action), the Panthers have back-to-back games against currently unbeaten squads, Brookfield and Newtown.

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