The Goodwin Tech girls soccer team couldnâ€™t have scripted a much better beginning to its tenure as a returning varsity program.
The Gladiators shut out Grasso Tech 4-0 on the road on Monday afternoon, moving to a perfect 2-0 in their first season back as a varsity team.
All four goals were scored by different players, from senior co-captain Faith Chambers to freshmen Jillian Yezierski and Janya Artis. Junior Asia Vibert also added a goal in the dominant victory.
Thanks to stout defensive play from co-captains Anastasia Hunter and Madison Ounthondy, goalkeeper Syrina Lorenzo was only challenged with four shots on net, stopping them all.
Goodwin Tech has to be thrilled with its start to the season, but a tough test looms on Wednesday in Bullard Havens Tech, which will travel to New Britain for the Gladiatorsâ€™ home opener.
Bristol Central 3, Newington 0: The Indians battled hard through the first two sets, but the Rams proved to be too much in what was Newingtonâ€™s first loss of the season.
Central swept the Indians 25-22, 25-20, 25-13 thanks to 12 kills by Emily Ericson, and eight more by Kathryn Ross, who also added three solo blocks on the front line.
Newington was led by Madison Massaro-Cook, who logged 11 digs, seven kills and two blocks, while Julia Germano shined defensively with a team-high 15 digs.
Southington 3, Tolland 0: The Blue Knights moved to 2-1 on the season behind a dominant sweep of Tolland (25-8, 25-12, 25-10) on Monday afternoon, thanks in large part to Brooke Coneyâ€™s 13 kills and three service aces. Victoria Zajda led the way in assists with 19, while Mackenzie Coppola added 13 of her own to go along with her four aces from the serving line.
Katie Dâ€™Agostino threw down seven kills as well for Southington, while Katie Grundersen pitched in another four.
Goodwin Tech 3, Windham Tech 0: The Gladiators picked up their first win of the season by cruising past Windham Tech in a clean sweep (25-14, 25-9, 25-16). Ada Guzman led the way with 14 service points and 15 digs, while Korina Trammel and Natalie DeLaRosa chipped in 13 and 10 service points, respectively.
Nyssa Foster held down the front line with four blocks to get Goodwin Tech in the win column.