WEST HAVEN — Guilford is the most successful team in Southern Connecticut Conference tournament history, reaching half of the championship finals ever played.
But there has been a recent title drought for the Indians despite reaching the finals twice previously in this decade. That drought ended Wednesday night as Anthony Ippolito’s goal early in the second half stood up, giving No. 2 seed Guilford the 1-0 win over top seed Hand.
It was the Indians’ first league championship in a decade. Guilford (12-1-6) was last victorious in 2009, beating Fairfield Prep on penalty kicks. Hand was in search of its third league championship in seven trips to the final.
The two Shoreline rivals tied twice during the season. But Ippolito made sure that wouldn’t be the case Wednesday night. He was able to gain a breakaway opportunity and cashed in Hand goalkeeper Tim Perez less than 3 minutes into the second half.
Guilford’s defense was able to do the rest despite the pressure the Tigers (13-2-4) put on them.
Scott Testori, who missed most of Monday’s semifinal-round win with a hip flexor injury, started the game on the bench. He entered in for a corner kick and never left the game thereafter..
This was Guilford’s 11th shutout of the season.
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