Berlin boys soccer kept their home record intact (4-0) after defeating Woodstock Academy 1-0 at Sage Park, upping their overall record for the season to 6-1 Thursday evening.
The Redcoats lost nine starters from last year’s team and veteran coach Sal Parafati has seven sophomores in his lineup of 11, and these young men are responding “quickly and surprisingly.”
Sophomore Michael Abayomi scored the lone goal in the victory against WA and leads the team in goals scored (7) and points with 16. Abayomi is among the state leaders in those categories.
Parafati feels the “maturity” and “progressions” of his young squad are due in part to the captain leadership of seniors Colby Nardelli (midfield) and Nick Vignone (defense). Their on-field experience and “chatter” gainfully assist this frontline class of 2025 that also has Joel Soeliner and Joseph Francalangia finding the back of their opponents’ net. The coach also believes there has been “quick linking comradery” with this new squad.
The Redcoats only loss came from rival Middletown, 2-1, a week ago. They still remain ranked second in the CCC-South and fourth overall in Class L in the state and a strong 14th overall in Connecticut boys’ programs.
The net-minding has been sensational with Austin Boninsegna between the pipes, but he did suffer a dislocated shoulder against Lewis Mills in game six. He was replaced by standout Omar Montanez who subsequently shutout WA, and yes they are both sophomores. Boninsegna is expected to be back in 3-4 weeks.
Berlin returns back to action at Sage Park next Wednesday to battle Prince Tech of Hartford, followed by Avon on Thursday, also at Sage.