Ansonia comes back, beats Naugatuck and wins the NVL soccer title

NAUGATUCK – The assist was back early in the second half, and while that drive was wasted, the next three weren’t.

David Cassetti scored all three Ansonia touchdowns as the Chargers wrapped up an undefeated regular season with an NVL championship after an 18-10 win Thursday morning over Naugatuck at Veterans Field in front of an estimated 1,500 viewers.

The half-time feeling was easy.

“Stick to the plan,” Cassetti said. “Stick to the game plan, let the ball run in your throat, Ansonia football.”

And they ran, mixing in just a handful of passing games but mostly chewing yardage and burning the clock.

Ansonia (10-0, 7-0 NVL Division 1), No. 8 in the GameTimeCT Top 10 Poll, won the NVL championship with the win. The Chargers had already unofficially secured first place in the CIAC Class S tournament, which begins Tuesday when they are expected to face North Branford. The pairings become official on Friday morning.

Naugatuck (8-2, 5-2) should be the fifth seed in the Tier L tournament and face a trip to fourth-seeded, sixth-ranked New Canaan. It may have been the second seed to win.

But after taking a 10-0 lead a minute into the second quarter through Dom DeSousa’s 34-yard field goal, the Greyhounds rushed for just 42 yards for the rest of the game, and 39 of those came on their next drive.

“They played Ansonia football. They brought it to us a little bit,” said Naugatuck coach Chris Anderson. “We struggled to stop them. And then, when we had our chances up front, the bottom line was that we just didn’t convert them.”

Ansonia leads the all-time streak 77-35-10.

Cassetti caught Chris Kaminski’s 10-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Ansonia got the kick-off in the second half, got to the Naugatuck 9, used more than six minutes and went empty.

The Chargers weren’t worried and their next two drives produced touchdowns. They recorded three first downs on their final drive to finish the final 4:31.

“We had a lot of penalties in the first half. It destroyed our drive,” said Ansonia coach Tom Brockett. “We thought we needed to start executing, and we did.”

Naugatuck defeated Ansonia at Nolan Field last year, ending the Chargers’ 103-game winning streak against NVL opponents.

The streak is now 11.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Ansonia senior David Cassetti; this is a recording. One gets a touchdown, 23 carries for 170 yards and two points and the first down conversion to seal the win.

QUOTABLE

“We won this game with effort and attitude. Our seniors have such a great attitude. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next two weeks but I know these kids are going to really give us a hard time and I’m proud of them.” – Ansonia manager Tom Brockett

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ANSONIA 18, NAUGATUCK 10

ANSONIA 0 6 6 6—18

NAUGATUCK7 3 0 0-10

N—Nathan Gendron 25 Pass Blake Stone (Dom DeSousa Kick)

N—DeSousa 34FG

A—David Cassetti 10 Pass Chris Kaminski (Kick Missed)

A—Cassetti 3 run (kick failed)

A—Cassetti 27 barrel (kick blocked)

Records: Ansonia 10:0, 7:0 NVL Division I; Naugatuck 8-2, 5-2

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