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Week of Oct. 16: Centaurs qualify for State and Eastern Connecticut Conference tournaments

It was a nice way to start a three-match week.

The Centaurs handed non-league foe, Wethersfield, a 4-1 defeat at the Bentley Athletic Complex early last week.

It was a strong win over a team that had handed Woodstock Academy a 2-1 loss in the Class L state quarterfinals a year ago.

“It was a surprise, it has to be, I don’t think many other schools would have thought Woodstock Academy could defeat Wethersfield, 4-1. It was a big win for the program,” Centaurs coach Dennis Snelling said.

The match did have state tournament implications as it guaranteed Woodstock Academy a berth in the Class L state tournament.

“It’s nice to make States. We wanted to keep that streak going. The game,itself, was also great preparation because now we know we can compete with that kind of team,” Snelling said.

The Centaurs struck first, halfway through the first half, on a goal by junior forward Leah Costa.

The Eagles tied the match just before the half but it was the Centaurs who regained the momentum 4 minutes, 20 seconds into the second half when Isabella Selmecki scored.

“It was great to see Isabella get through like that and have a nice finish,” Snelling said.

Costa followed with her 10th goal in six matches and Kendall McCormack finished things off with a goal midway through the second half.

Macy Rawson, Selmecki and Juliet Allard all had assists in the match for the Centaurs.

“I felt that Freya (Robbie) and Juliet won everything in the middle and made it the best passing game we had. It’s a good streak to have wins over Ellington and Wethersfield,” Snelling said.

But winning four matches in a row, especially three in four days against the likes of Ellington, Wethersfield and E.O. Smith is a big ask.

The Centaurs never really caught fire against E.O. Smith on Tuesday and fell, 1-0.

But the bookends were solid.

Woodstock Academy rebounded from that E.O. Smith loss and picked up its first Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I win of the season two days later.

The Centaurs traveled to Stonington and blanked the Bears, 3-0.

The win guaranteed the Centaurs (7-5-2, 1-1-2 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I) a berth in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament.

Selmecki scored in the first half and both Costa and Robbie scored second half goals.

McCormack, Costa and Allard had assists against the Bears.