FARMINGTON - The No. 7-seed St. Paul boys soccer team was defeated by No. 23 Immaculate 3-1 in a second round Class S state tournament game on Thursday at Farmington Sports Arena.
Despite the loss, the coach was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Great game by St. Paul today,” Falcons coach Victor Lira said. “Everyone played their best game and we played as a team. Unfortunately, Immaculate capitalized on a couple of chances and scored. Immaculate brought their A game as well, good luck to them with the remainder of the tournament. I can’t be more proud of this team. We had a great season and every single one of them should be proud of themselves, too. Great senior class, they will be missed. We can only get better, looking forward to next year.”
Bristol Central 2, Middletown 0: The No. 22-seed Rams won at home to advance into the quarterfinal round of the Class L state tournament, beating No. 27-seed Middletown.
Mark Palma scored the first goal for Bristol Central just three minutes into the game, assisted by Yanni Koci, and Koci scored the insurance goal in the second half.
“It was a very physical game and our guys were up to the task and played together to the final whistle,” Rams coach Nate Jandreau said.
Bristol Central (8-6-4) will next travel to play at No. 3 Daniel Hand (13-1-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Bristol Eastern 3, Farmington 1: The No. 4-seed Lancers advanced into the quarterfinals of the Class L state tournament with a 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory at home over No. 13 Farmington.
Bristol Eastern advances to face No. 5 Tolland (18-3) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
East Lyme 3, Bristol Central 0: The No. 9-seed Rams were swept on the road in the second round of the Class L state tournament at No. 8 East Lyme, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17.
Immaculate 3, St. Paul 2: The Falcons fell in the second round of the Class S state tournament on Wednesday night, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 16-25, 15-7.
For St. Paul, Kelsi Blatchley had 14 kills and 17 service points, Rebecca Nerbonne had eight kills, Olivia Genovese had nine kills and Alexis Carabetta had 34 assists.
Class M state diving: Bristol Eastern’s Emily Mulcunry placed eighth with a score of 318.90 and Bristol Central’s Erin Petke was 15th with a score of 295.90 in the Class M state diving championships at Bulkeley High School on Wednesday night.