NONNEWAUG - The defending state champions are still alive in the Class M state tournament.
The No. 19 Plainville boys soccer team pulled off an upset in emphatic fashion on Wednesday, routing No. 3 Nonnewaug 6-1 and earning a date with No. 6 Granby in Friday’s quarterfinals.
The Blue Devils were led by a monster performance from Patrick Gryczewski, who put home five goals, including three in the second half, to turn a 2-0 lead into a rout. Tanner Rau added the other goal for Plainville, which took down a Nonnewaug team that had lost just two games during the regular season.
“They are performing as expected and hoped for come tournament time,” head coach Tim Brown said.
Logan Miller dished out three assists in the win, while Rau and Gavin Bravado added a helper each as well. Goalkeeper Joey Romandi made three saves, while the defense allowed just four shots on net in the convincing win.
“It was just a team-wide terrific performance, from our defenders to our midfielders and our attack,” Brown said.
No. 3 Nonnewaug 3, No. 19 Berlin 1: The Redcoats’ season is officially over.
Berlin fell to Nonnewaug in the second round of the Class M state tournament, despite making it a competitive match late. The final set scores were 25-13, 25-16, 19-25 and 25-13.
Alex Kumm had 12 kills, 15 digs, two aces, three solo blocks and one block assist in the loss. Jordan Barber (19 assists, 12 digs, 2 block assists) and Lyzi Litwinko (4 kills, 12 digs) also had strong nights for the Redcoats, who finished the season with a 10-13 record.
Both Litwinko and Kumm were named to the All-CCC team.
No. 19 Plainville 6, No.3 Nonnewaug 1
Halftime: Plainville 2-0.
Goals: Patrick Gryczewski (P) 5, Tanner Rau (P).
Assists: Logan Miller (P) 3, Rau (P), Gavin Bravado (P).
Saves: Joey Romandi (P) 3.
Shots: Plainville 18, Nonnewaug 4.
Records: Plainville 11-6-1, Nonnewaug 15-2-1.
No. 3 Nonnewaug 3, No. 19 Berlin 1
(25-13, 25-16, 19-25, 25-13)
Highlights: Alex Kumm (B) 12 kills, 15 digs, 2 aces, 3 solo blocks and 1 block assist; Jordan Barber (B) 19 assists, 12 digs, 2 block assists; Lyzi Litwinko (B) 4 kills, 12 digs.
Records: Berlin 10-13