NEWINGTON - After outscoring its opponents 14-1 over its previous three games, the Newington boys soccer team was unable to extend its winning streak to four games, but was also fortunate enough to not suffer a loss either and left Thursday afternoon’s home match against Middletown with a 2-2 draw.
All four goals were scored in the first half starting with Newington taking a 2-0 lead by the 23-minute mark courtesy of goals from Jack Stair and Vincent Nguyen. Newington is the first team to score against Middletown this season as the Blue Dragons entered the match 5-0 and outscoring opponents 21-0.
Middletown knotted the game before halftime Dario Rigano scored a penalty kick two minutes after Nguyen’s goal and then Zack Lombardo found the back of the net in the 34th minute.
Newington will return to the field for its next match Tuesday at home against Berlin at 3:45 p.m.
Bristol Central 3, Lewis Mills 1: The Rams continued their undefeated streak to start the season with another three-goal effort to beat the Spartans.
Hayden Caudill scored two goals for the second game in a row and Charlie Pittman contributed with a cross into the box that was misplayed by Lewis Mills, resulting in an own goal.
“It was a pretty physical game and our team needed guys to play physical to match up with them,” Jandreau said.
The Rams will look to stay unbeaten when they host Southington on Saturday at 12:30.
St. Paul 0, Watertown 4: The Falcons suffered their third consecutive defeat Thursday afternoon and were unable to find the goal in the process against a talented Watertown team. St. Paul’s next match is at home against Holy Cross on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Plainville 6, Avon 2: The Blue Devils put forth another dominant performance to remain undefeated highlighted by a scoring barrage from Pat Gryczewski.
Gryczewski netted four of Plainville’s six goals in the contest and assisted on another one to win their fifth consecutive game to open the season.
“Our team is really gelling right now and understanding each other. The hard work they have put in despite all the obstacles has showed a lot,” head coach Tim Brown said.
The win makes the Blue Devils the top-ranked team in Class M and they will look to stay on top with a win Monday at home against Farmington.
Bristol Eastern 3, New Britain 0: Dominik Femiak led an offensive assault for the Lancers against the Hurricanes on Thursday. Femiak netted all three of Eastern’s goals in a match in which they fired nearly 20 shots at New Britain goalkeeper Max Szczepnik, who finished with 14 saves.
"We were solid in the back and worked the ball well," Eastern coach Bill Sweet said. "Dom converted his chances and was a dominant player today."
The Lancers' first goal came 20 minutes into the first half when Femiak beat two defenders and put the ball past Szczepnik. A minute and a half later Tyler Borry found Femiak free at the edge of the penalty area and he got his second goal.
At 32:20, Femiak's goal was a result of some sharp passing from Brandon Greger to Martin Wuesthoff who sent a through ball to Femiak.
The Lancers return to action Tuesday for a rivalry matchup with Bristol Central.
Southington 1, Farmington 4: The Blue Knights gave up two first half goals in the 13th and 34th minutes after a tentative start on the road against Farmington.
Southington bounced back in the second half with more energy and got a goal four and half minutes in after a solo run by Cole Marek beat the Farmington back line and goalkeeper. The Blue Knights continued to create chances in the second half with a near equalizer from a Cooper Burdette header off a Trevor Sousa free kick.
Farmington created chances of their own in the second half as well. After Cooper Burdette brought a Farmington player down in the box, David Coello of stepped up take their penalty kick, but his shot deflected of the post. As Southington threw more players forward in search of an equalizer, Farmington was able to kill the game off on the other end with a pair of goals coming in the last seven minutes of the match.
Southington plays next at Bristol Central on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Bristol Eastern 3, New Britain 0: The Lancers remained undefeated and earned their fourth consecutive win by shutout with their Thursday evening win over the Hurricanes 25-20, 25-12, 25-21.
Eastern followed a competitive first set with a blowout in the second set that all but put the match away.
Eastern will travel to Avon for its next match Monday while New Britain will hit the road to face Plainville.
Bristol Central 3, Lewis Mills 0: The Rams picked up their fourth straight win Thursday afternoon and third straight win by shutout after beating Lewis Mills 25-17, 25-12, 25-18.
Seniors Emily Ericson and Jadyn Bauer led the offensive attack with 10 and 11 kills, respectively and senior Gwen Torreso served as the distributor with 22 assists in the match.
After the weekend Central will hit the road to face Farmington on Monday at 5 p.m.
Newington 3, Berlin 1: Newington won its fourth consecutive match of the season Thursday with a 25-20, 25-7, 21-25, 25-17 victory over the Redcoats.
Newington took a quick 2-0 lead including a devastating 25-7 win led by 12 kills and 20 digs from Madison Massaro-Cook. Berlin was able to win a set back after dropping the first two, but was unable to make the comeback and lost the fourth set.
Newington will look to extend its winning streak to five game Monday when it hosts Maloney while the Redcoats will look to bounce back from this loss in a home match against Rocky Hill the same day.
Berlin 83, Hall 92: The Redcoats were unable to come out victorious of a close meet against Hall. Despite not finishing first in any event, Berlin saw strong swims from Bailey Baclaski, who took second place in the 50-yard freestyle, Kelly Chmielewski’s second-place finish in 100-yard backstroke and Kaitlyn Nielsen, who finished second in the 100-yard freestyle. Samantha Ferrero also finished with a personal-best from the diving board.
Berlin will return to the pool next Friday on the road against Wethersfield.
Berlin 0, Wethersfield 0: The Redcoats remain undefeated through six games and earned their third tie of the season by shutting out the undefeated eagles that entered this match with five consecutive wins and a 27-1 goal differential. Junior Natalia Chorzepa posted nine saves in the effort.
The Redcoats will look to stay undefeated Tuesday when then face Newington at home.