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Local Roundup: Sullivan FC Thunder Remains Unbeaten

Meriden — The U14 Sullivan FC Thunder remained at the top of the GSYSL Granite Division standings with a pair of home victories over the weekend. Both matches, a 7-2 win over Pelham SC on Saturday afternoon and a 5-2 win over Hopkinton SC yesterday morning, featured dominant second-half performances from Sullivan FC.

In Saturday’s victory over Pelham, the Thunder conceded a goal after just 34 seconds of play when an attempted cross dipped under the bar. Nat Gariepy equalized for Sullivan FC in the 14th minute, but again Pelham struck against the run of play in the 25th minute for a 2-1 advantage.

Noah Didehbani’s direct kick strike in the 33rd minute evened things up heading into the half, and after the break it was all Thunder. Carter Adams scored less than two minutes in, Julian Stott a minute later, and goals from Logan Bonneau, Stott and Graham Chickering provided the final margin. Davis Cole played the first half, and Tanner Durkee the second half in goal for Thunder, combining for three saves.

A bright and early start on Sunday morning began in eerily similar fashion against Hopkinton SC, with Sullivan FC allowing a goal once again in the game’s first five minutes. Despite a Stott penalty kick leveling the score 20 minutes in, a Hopkinton direct kick from 25 yards out with five seconds remaining put the host Thunder in a 2-1 hole at the half.

Fortunes changed quickly after the break, however, with goals from Jo Jo Hammond and Luke Sandmann edging the Thunder ahead within three minutes of the whistle, and goals by Kyle Prior and Didehbani over the next 12 minutes provided a comfortable cushion. Cole (three saves) and Durkee (one save) again split duties in goal.

Sullivan FC (3-0) hosts Bow next Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Plainfield School, before traveling to Hooksett for a Sunday afternoon affair.

College Tennis

Latham, n.y. — The Colby-Sawyer College men’s tennis team won the program’s first ever conference championship after defeating Rutgers-Camden 9-0 in yesterday’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title match.

The Chargers improve to 14-7 and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The pairings will be released today.

Rutgers-Camden finishes the season at 11-6.

The Colby-Sawyer College women’s tennis team defeated Penn St. Berks in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship match at the Tri-City Tennis and Fitness club yesterday afternoon to win the conference title in just the second year of affiliation. The championship is the program’s sixth overall.

The women improved to 18-4, which is a school record for wins in a season, and earned the program’s second bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Colby-Sawyer last competed in the NCAA’s in 2010 after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference.