Girls soccer: St. Joseph to meet Daniel Hand in semis

St. Joseph High’s girls soccer team, with a 5-1 triumph over visiting Farmington on Saturday afternoon, moved to within one win of again playing in the Class L state championship game.

The defending champions and third-seeded Cadets jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead over No. 11 Farmington in the quarterfinal round clash.

They will face Daniel Hand of Madison in the semifinal round for the second year in a row.

Last season, the Cadets blanked Hand 1-0.

The Tigers defeated No. 26 Joel Barlow of Redding 2-0 in overtime in their quarterfinal.

St Joseph (14-1-4) and No. 2 Hand (17-1-1) will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at West Haven High.

Jessica Mazo scored twice, and Tory Bike, Dori Grasso and Nina Pizzicarola also found the net, in the victory over Farmington (12-4-3).

Mazo’s second-half goal came on a header set up by Alexis Mason’s corner kick

Mason also assisted the first goal of the game, netted by Bike.

St Joe’s mustered eight corner kicks and possessed the ball well to create chances.

“I just think we made a conscious effort to play to feet, which really helped us,” St Joseph coach Jack Nogueira said. “Mazo scores goals out of nowhere. It was a good team effort today.”

Bike, Hailey Vechiarelli and Helen Mahoney were solid on defense to help goalkeeper Veronica O’Rourke, who made a trio of saves.

Down 4-0, Farmington broke up the shutout when Melanie Rodriguez converted off a free kick from Isabelle Lipinski.

Nogueira was pleased with the performance coming off a second-round win over Pomperaug of Southbury that was decided in penalty kicks.

“We played a lot better. It was night and day,” Nogueira said.