Cowboys hold off Nonnewaug in Plumb Hill opener
Litchfield's Charlie Shanks scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Nonnewaug on Thursday. John McKenna photos
Seventy minutes of dominating play and 10 shaky ones characterized Thursday's Plumb Hill Playing Fields home opener for Litchfield High’s boys’ soccer team.
The Cowboys built a 3-0 lead against Nonnewaug on two goals by Charlie Shanks and one by Tim Donovan and then had to hold on as the Chiefs mounted a furious comeback with two scores in the last 10 minutes.
The 3-2 victory showed that although Litchfield has a lot of talent, it still needs to touch up its game.
“There are some things we need to work on defensively, but all in all I’ll take it,” Litchfield coach Rob Andrulis said of the victory. “Beating Nonnewaug early in the season is good for our confidence.”
Litchfield opened with a 4-0 win at Housatonic and followed it up with the nearly-flawless effort against Nonnewaug. The Cowboys have shown that they will be a quick-strike team led by the relentless play of Shanks and Donovan on the forward line.
“Charlie and Tim are dynamic players,” Andrulis said. “The pass Charlie made on Timmy’s goal was perfect. He read the field and put the ball where Timmy could take it to the goal.”
Donovan’s goal off a long, pinpoint pass from Shanks made it 3-0 with 17 minutes to play. Shanks scored his first goal with just over a minute before halftime and netted a second score three minutes into the second half.
Things seemed well in hand after Donovan’s goal, but the Cowboys let up a bit and allowed Nonnewaug to make a game of it before the clock ran out on the Chiefs.
Cowboys’ goalie Coleby Bunnell made three saves.
Tim Donovan gets his foot into the ball for the Cowboys.
Nonnewaug goalie Leo Scherf punches the ball away under pressure from Carson Mello.
Litchfield goalie Coleby Bunnell leaps to make a save.