Hand Boys’ Soccer Loses to Guilford on PKs in State Quarters; Girls’ Soccer Takes Second-Round Defeat

Senior Jacques Violette and the Hand Boys football team won their first two games in the Tier L state tournament before losing to Guilford on penalties in the quarter-finals. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source

Senior Liv Catala and the Tigers ended their year with a record of 15-4-1 after making the second round of this year’s Class L State Tournament. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source

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The Hand Boys soccer team won their first two games in the Class L State Tournament last week, advancing to a quarterfinal game against Guilford. The Tigers defeated the Grizzlies in a game that boiled down to penalties in the state quarters with a 1-0 loss to the Grizzlies to end with a 9-8-2 aggregate record for the 2022 season.

Hand, No. 21, traveled to Bridgeport to face No. 12 Bassick in the first round of the Class L bracket and won 4-1 over the Lions on Nov. 7. Two days later, the Tigers played 5th place Berlin in the second of the federal states and won the competition with the final score of 2-0.

Then, on November 12, Hand faced No. 4 seed Guilford on the road for a Class L quarterfinal match. The Tigers lost 1-0 to the Grizzlies in a game decided on penalties after the two teams played goalless football through regulations and overtime. Guilford prevailed against Hand by a 5-3 lead over PKs to win the game and advance to the state semifinals.

Girls soccer

The Hand girls soccer team won their opening game of the state tournament at L level before suffering a second-round loss last week. The Tigers ended their season 15-4-1 overall.

On November 8, the No. 6-seeded Tigers hosted No. 27 Rockville for a game in the States first round, beating the Rams 2-0 in the matchup at Surf Club. Two days later, Hand played a home game in the second round against No. 11 Woodstock Academy and lost to the Centaurs 3-8.


The hand soccer team hosted Sheehan Saturday night for a showdown at the Surf Club on November 12. The Tigers suffered a 17-13 loss to the Titans to level their all-time record this season at 2-7. Sheehan improved to 4-5 a year with the win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Sheehan took a 3-0 lead by scoring a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Later in that period, sophomore Paul Calandrelli threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to junior Owen Preskar to give Hand a 7-3 lead at halftime.

Junior Aidan Dolan ran for a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter to increase the Tigers’ lead to 14-3. However, Sheehan hit an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and took the lead with a 26-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to win the game 17-13.

Hand will be on his way to face Guilford for his regular season finale in the annual Thanksgiving game between the two rivals. The competition will take place on Wednesday November 23rd at 7pm at Guilford High School

Swimming and diving for girls

The Tigers were represented by three jumpers when the Class S Diving State Championship was held at Sheehan High School on November 9th. Freshman Ella Speerli, junior Hadley Reiss and sophomore Georgia Cohen came to the meet on behalf of the Hand girls swim and dive team.

Speerli placed seventh among 22 qualified jumpers with a score of 321.45 points for her 11 dive performance at the Class S Diving State Championship. Reiss placed 15th with a total score of 265.05 points. Cohen ranked 17th for the Tigers with 247.65 points.

Speerli, Reiss and Cohen all have points counting toward Hand’s total when the Tigers compete in this week’s Class S State Championship. The State Open Championship will be held at Yale University on Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 p.m.

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