BRISTOL – Like many other teams in the local area and across the state, the Bristol Eastern girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night early this year, hosting it on Tuesday afternoon, and the Lancers made sure to honor their soon-to-be graduates with a strong performance.
Eastern took down Plainville with a 3-0 win, highlighted by a big night from Emily Nelson, who finished with two goals and an assist.
Breanna Venturo Nelson started the scoring off a feed from Nelson, and Nelson followed with a pair of tallies late in the first half to give the Lancers more than enough breathing room.
Grace D’Aamato stopped all six shots she faced in net for the Lancers, while Amber St. Onge finished with 10 saves for the Blue Devils.
Southington 2, Bristol Central 0: The Rams put forth a strong defensive effort, particularly goalkeeper Maddy Corcoran, but the Blue Knights’ relentless scoring attack was ultimately too much to handle in a loss at Fontana Field. Central generated some pressure of its own late in the game, but couldn’t push across that first goal, as Southington continued its strong start to the season.
The Blue Knights, now 3-0, got their scoring from Nina Muir and Riley Prozzo, while Savannah Krom and Shannon Litchfield each picked up assists. Innovation 2, Civic Leadership 2: The Ravens took a one-goal lead into the half, but were unable to hold on to their advantage and as a result are still looking for their first win of the season.
Ariana Rivas found the back of the net at the 13-minute mark for Innovation (0-1-1) and Mya Saylor followed up with the team’s second goal of the first half at the 30-minute mark. It was Saylor’s first goal with the program.
Jaydah Pinker scored both goals for Civic Leadership - one in each half.
Newington 3, Maloney 1: Newington picked up its first win of the season with a victory over the Spartans on Tuesday, and three different players found the scoring column. Reese Sadler, Olivia Mullings and Abby Corcoran all hit the back of the net for Newington, while goalkeeper Bri Norton made a big save on a penalty kick to help secure the victory.
Berlin 3, Rocky Hill 1: The Redcoats spread the wealth on Tuesday, getting goals from Kylie Jefferson, Jocelyn DiMatteo and Julia Salina in another victory.
Jenna Zup, Sam Negrao and Carly Grega assisted on the three goals.
Goodwin Tech 4, Capital Prep 2: The Gladiators entered the second half trailing by one, but exploded down the stretch to pick up an improbable victory.
Desaraya Trusty led the way for Goodwin Tech, scoring two goals while Megan Lukaszewski and Asia Vibert each added one as well. Lukaszewski and Vibert each also had an assist, while Arianna White made one save in net.
Thomaston 3, Terrville 2: Thomaston erased a 2-0 deficit in the second half to come back and beat the Kangaroos on Tuesday. Noah Fernet and Jack Carpenter were the goal scorers for Terryville, with Carpenter also picking up an assist.
Denis Bardhi finished with 10 saves for the Kangaroos.
Plainville 1, Bristol Eastern 0: Michael Ouellette fired a hard shot on goal that glanced off Lancers goalkeeper Nate DiLoreto’s hand and into the net late in the first half, and it was all the Blue Devils needed in a narrow victory.
"Our backs, led by Luke Hammer and Adam Borry, played well today in stopping a potent Plainville attack for the most part, "said Eastern coach Bill Sweet. "We misfired on close shots, especially in the second half."
Berlin 1, Rocky Hill 1: After losing their first two games of the season, the Redcoats played a more competitive match Tuesday against Rocky Hill that ended in a 1-1 tie. Colby Nardelli connected with Marco Marino on a pass for Berlin’s one goal while Jason Moleiro netted the goal for the Terriers.
Berlin will travel to Meriden to face Maloney on Thursday in pursuit of their first win.
Goodwin Tech 3, Vinal Tech 0: The Gladiators were caught in a tight battle in the first set of Tuesday night’s match, but they got the big points when they needed to and wound up cruising to their first win of the season with a clean sweep (25-23, 25-12, 25-17).
Nathalie Delarosa finished with 10 service points, six kills, eight service aces and three digs, while Tabetha Trammell added 14 service points and eight assists. Shearsande Abrahante added 10 service points of her own to get Goodwin Tech back to .500 on the young season.
St. Paul enjoyed a strong day across the board, with the girls beating Torrington 45-15 and the boys team winning by a score of 43-18.
Erin Downes, in her first year with the Falcons, came in first with a time of 24:54, while a pair of underclassmen in Elizabeth Speaker and Charlotte Jennings came in second and third, respectively.
On the boys side, sophomore Colin Reilly took first with a time of 20:05, while freshman Alek Rencurrel and senior captain James Melvin rounded out St. Paul’s top finishers.
The Falcons’ other two senior captains in Jonathan Passander and Sammi Bray also ran strong, recording times of 21:40 and 27:20, respectively.