New Britain Herald Athletes of the Week are Berlin's Noah Silverman and Med-Ed Prep's Kelsey Walicki

Published on Monday, 31 October 2016 22:03
Written by MICHAEL WOOLFSON

STAFF WRITER

The Berlin boys soccer team is in the midst of a pretty special season. With just one game remaining on its schedule the team has lost just two games and has a 10-2-3 record overall. The Redcoats have qualified for the state tournament and have their sights set on some big goals.

Speaking of goals, Noah Silverman is a major reason for the Redcoats’ success this season.

The team runs its offense through the junior and he has done everything he can to make it run smoothly.

In a 6-1 victory over Bristol Central last week, Silverman scored five goals and assisted on the other goal. The five goals tied a 20-plus year old record for the school.

“I’m definitely happy to have tied the record,” Silverman said. “I have been trying for that record for a while now and I’m happy to finally get it.”

Even more impressive about Silverman is the fact that every team game plans for him at this point, yet he still is able to make plays game after game.

Nate Jandreau, Bristol Central’s head coach, said he put a plan in place to specifically make sure that Silverman didn’t have a huge game, but that clearly didn’t work.

Berlin has a good team overall, but it is clear that the team will go as far in the state tournament as its star junior will take them.

“Noah is a vital part of this team,” Berlin head coach Sal Parafati said. “We try to get him the ball as much as possible every single game and up to this point he hasn’t disappointed. He makes the right plays, whether it’s shooting when necessary or passing and overall he has just had a phenomenal season for us.”

The Med-Ed Prep girls soccer team finished off its regular season last week with a solid 12-2-2 record.

The team is loaded with talented players, but the most important among them might be junior Kelsey Walicki. 

Walicki is just a junior, but she is a captain on the team and does a lot of things on the field that are helpful in getting the team wins. 

“She has always been a consistent playmaker for us,” head coach Kathryn Scalia said. “She controls the whole left side of the field for us.

“Usually in games she has been double-teamed, but she has still come out and put up some big numbers for us.

“I chose her as a captain this season and she has earned that. She shows every day why I picked her because she is always encouraging her teammates and always pushing them to be at their very best.”

The big numbers Scalia spoke of for Walicki are 15 goals and eight assists on the season.

The junior forward had a game early last week where she had a hat trick and she has really turned it on for the latter part of the season.

“I think I have had a pretty good season,” Walicki said. “It was a rough start for me, a little bit, but I have improved a lot.

“As a team we have also shown a lot of improvement. We have been able to move the ball around more and play together.”



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Innovation on Monday, 31 October 2016 22:03. Updated: Monday, 31 October 2016 22:06.