BRISTOL – The Bristol Eastern girls soccer team picked up a much-needed win Tuesday, beating Middletown 4-0. Following a competitive 20 minutes to start, the Lancers blew the doors open in the rest of the contest, scoring four unanswered goals to improve their record to 4-6-1 on the season.
Eastern scored three of its goals in the first half, starting with a score from junior Emily Nelson, who was on the receiving end of a pass from senior Ciara Collins and broke free of the defense to finish in the 22nd-minute. Sophomore Megan Krok doubled the Lancers lead by gathering the rebound of a save by Middletown goalkeeper Tessa Labbadia and converting her shot amid chaos in the box. Sophomore Emma Stavens also scored off a rebound, finding the ball after Nelson’s shot was saved.
Nelson found her second goal of the match in the second half, off an assist from junior Emilia Perrone after Perrone won a loose ball and found her teammate with a nice pass. Grace D’Amato notched fives saves for Eastern in the victory.
Up next for the Lancers will be a road contest against Plainville on Thursday.
Innovation 3, Capital Prep 1: After drawing the trailblazers in their first meeting this season, the Ravens buckled down for the win this time, improving their record to 5-3-2. Innovation is on a three-game winning streak, which it will look to extend Thursday against the Metropolitan Learning Center.
“We’re starting to pass the ball around,” head coach Christian Irizarry said. "We’re starting conference play and we’re doing really well.”
Senior captain Alice Bidoae netted the Ravens first goal of the day, giving her team the lead 13 minutes into the match. Despite an answer from Capital Prep, senior captain Kaylah Forde posted two late goals for the win. Forde scored in the 76th-minute of the match and then netted a penalty kick in the final minute to secure the lead. Senior goalkeeper Te’ijah Roberts finished with 14 saves.
Newington 1, Rocky Hill 1: Both teams entered this match with the same record and then proceeded to leave the match with the same record as they picked up their second ties of the season.
Senior Christian Amaral netted the Nor’easters lone score of the season off a pass from junior Beckham Alderucci. Massimo Cianci tied the match for Rocky Hill as both teams now have 7-2-2 records.
Newington’s next match will be at home Friday against Windsor.
Goodwin Tech 1, Wilcox Tech 1: The Gladiators picked up their third tie in a row Tuesday, matching Wilcox Tech 1-1 in their second meeting of the season. The result was much more positive than Goodwin Tech’s first matchup with Wilcox Tech, which ended in a 5-0 loss for the Gladiators.
Senior Robert LeBlond scored Goodwin Tech’s lone goal on the day and freshman goalkeeper Dylan Johns finished with seven saves as their team’s record is now 4-6-3. They host Grasso Tech on Thursday as the Gladiators will pursue their first win since Sept. 27, which was also against Grasso Tech.
Nonnewaug 3, Terryville 0: It was a quick match day for the Kangaroos as they get swept by Nonnewaug for the second time this season. Terryville never scored more than 16 points in a set and lost the match 25-11, 25-16, 25-11.
Junior Leah Dionne notched six digs, four kills and five aces in the effort for the Kangaroos, who fall to 2-9 on the season. Up next is road match against Canton on Thursday.
GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Hall 97, Southington 83: The Blue Knights suffered their third loss of the season in a challenging meet against Hall.
Sophomore Ella Nadeau had a successful day, winning the 200 freestyle (2:00.17) and the 100 freestyle (56.19) while also contributing to Southington’s winning teams in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Sophomore Julia Laszewski was also a part of both relay teams, joined by freshman Mariam Labadze and junior Alexis Strong in the 200-yard race and juniors Kendall Noonan and Emma Jekubovich in the 400-yard race.
Junior Taylor Kelly won the diving portion of the contest with a score of 169.00. The Blue Knights close their regular season Oct. 27 at home against Berlin.