MIDDLETOWN - The New Britain boys soccer team flirted with a 2-0 start on the season, but Middletown broke a tie game late in the second half to hand the Hurricanes their first loss of the year.
Andwel Salmon found the back of the net for New Britain and goalkeeper Adam Gottner recorded 10 saves, but the Blue Dragons put home the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left to hand the Hurricanes a 2-1 loss.
“It was a hard-played game,” New Britain head coach Garth Lawrence said. “It came down to the wire.”
Middletown was led to victory by a trio of upperclassmen, as junior Zachary Hartzell and senior Jason Connelly each scored, while senior Kalen Martin picked up six saves.
Ellis Tech 4, Goodwin Tech 3: The Gladiators entered the halftime break with a narrow 2-1 lead, but an explosive second half by Ellis Tech was enough to hand Goodwin Tech a loss on its first contest of the season.
Cristian Guzman scored twice for the Gladiators, while Ellis Tech received two-goal performances by Austin Desrosiers and Chad Cramer. Robert LeBlond put home Goodwin Tech’s third goal.
Both goaltenders saw plenty of action, as Goodwin Tech goalkeeper Edgar Calixto logged 17 saves, while Brett Gile stopped 18 shots for Ellis Tech.
Berlin 0, Newington 0: Both teams had their chances, but thanks to solid goaltending on both sides, the Redcoats and Indians had to settle for a tie on Tuesday.
Nick Cox recorded six saves for Newington, while Berlin’s Zach Cancellieri stopped eight shots to preserve the tie. Berlin held a slight 13-11 advantage in total shots, but none could be converted into goals, and both teams left still searching for their first wins of the season.
Berlin 2, Wethersfield 1: Trailing 1-0 with 27 minutes left, the Redcoats rallied to pick up their first win of the season thanks to a triumphant return by Taylor Edman.
In her first game back from a knee injury, Edman buried a penalty kick to help lead Berlin’s comeback, while Jenna Zup added a goal in the winning effort. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Chorzepa made several key saves down the stretch to keep the Redcoats’ comeback bid alive, stopping a total of nine shots in the thrilling victory.
Berlin 94, Manchester 90: The Redcoats were caught in a tight contest on Tuesday, but the team relied on its newcomers to grab the victory.
The 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Molly Szcseniak, freshman Julia Arcilia, sophomore Bailey Backlaski and junior Maddie Palmese earned a key first-place finish for Berlin, while sophomore Kaitlyn Nielsen finished first in the 200 freestyle and freshman Emma Nagel took first in the 500 freestyle.
“It was a back and forth meet tonight that could have gone either way,” Berlin head coach Andrea Gallo said. “I am pleased with how everyone was ready to push for the win.”
Kelley Chmielewski finished in second place in the 100 backstroke, qualifying for the state meet in the process, as did Kristen Kozlowskie, who came in first on the diving board.
Southington 97, East Catholic 88: The Blue Knights opened their season on a high note on Monday, earning a win thanks to a pair of double winners in Andie Nadeau and Meghan Hammarlund.
Nadeau won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, while Hammarlund was tops in the individual medley and the 100 butterfly.
Southington also took first-place finishes in three relay events, with Nadeau and Hammarlund helping the 400 freestyle team take the win.
Sarah Meade, part of the 200 medley relay team and 200 freestyle relay team, also took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09.26.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Windsor 15, New Britain 50; Wethersfield 15, New Britain 50: The Hurricanes fell to 0-4 on the season after losses to the Warriors and Eagles on Monday afternoon, as the pack couldn’t catch up to Wethersfield’s Owen Gagne, who finished with a top mark of 18:13.
New Britain’s top finisher was Jacob Davis, who came in at a time of 18:13.
Conard 19, Southington 36; Southington 22, Avon 37: The Blue Knights met Avon and Conard on Tuesday afternoon, and walked away with a split of the two races.
Southington’s top finisher was senior Matthew Penna, who came in fifth place overall with a time of 17:23.0, 50 seconds off of leader Gavin Sherry from Conard.
Lucca Riccio finished in seventh place for the Blue Knights, while freshman Jake Nafis finished close behind in eighth with a time of 18:09.0.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Windsor 15, New Britain 50; Wethersfield 15, New Britain 50: The Hurricanes left Tuesday’s meet still in search of their first win after being topped by Windsor and Wethersfield.
Treanaliz Maestri led New Britain with a time of 27:08, while Olivia Gregory of Windsor finished first overall with a time of 21:19.
Berlin 21, Bristol Eastern 40; Berlin 15, Plainville 48: The Redcoats picked up two wins on Tuesday by grabbing three of the top five spots, including the top spot overall.
Senior Juliana Cancellieri finished in first place with a time of 20:20, while junior Megan Perrotta and senior Audrey Jankovich came in close behind in third and fourth place, respectively.