Class S quarterfinals next for Cowboys after OT win
Litchfield's Charlie Shanks moves the ball during a 3-1 win over Housatonic in the second round of the Class S tournament on Thursday. John McKenna photos
After going scoreless for 80 minutes in Thursday's Class S tournament second-round game against Housatonic at Torrington High School, Litchfield in overtime went back to a formula that has worked all season.
The make-things-happen combination of Charlie Shanks and Tim Donovan teamed up for three goals and two assists in the two 10-minute overtime periods to lift the Cowboys to a 3-1 victory. Shanks scored his two goals in the first overtime and Donovan netted his in the second overtime. Donovan had the assist on Shanks' first goal and Shanks had the assist on Donovan's goal.
"I told the two of them at the start of overtime that they had to make something happen," Litchfield coach Rob Andrulis said.
Down 2-0, Housatonic attacked at the start of the second overtime and scored to make the game interesting until Donovan sealed the win with his goal. Donovan played an outstanding game despite a sore hip.
"Timmy at 50 percent is like anyone else at 100 percent," Andrulis said of the sophomore forward who never seems to stop moving on the field.
Housatonic, which defeated Litchfield two weeks ago, is a talented outfit that matched the Cowboys for 80 minutes. It wasn't until Donovan's goal that Litchfield could breathe easier.
"That's a very good team that we beat," Andrulis said. "They tested us, and that's what you expect in the tournament."
Litchfield (14-2-1) moves on to play Immaculate in the quarterfinals Saturday at Torrington. The Cowboys are unable to play at Plumb Hill Playing Fields because their field is still soaked from recent rains.
Miles Chapman sends a pass down the field.
Luke Parsons gets a foot on the ball for the Cowboys.
Tim Donovan works to control the ball.
Cowboys goalie Coleby Bunnell leaps to make a save.
Ryan Garden, left, and Augie Hurtado celebrate the win.