BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern boys soccer team rallied from an early Farmington goal and finished with a 1-1 draw in CCC action Wednesday afternoon.
The Lancers scored with six minutes left in the game as goalkeeper Nate DiLoreto sent a long free kick from half field that dipped in just under the crossbar. He is the second Eastern goalie to ever score. Goalie Ben LaVallee did it in a Class L tournament game in 2010.
“After the opening minutes our effort was consistent throughout the game,” Lancers’ coach Bill Sweet. “We frustrated a strong Farmington squad and didn’t allow them to get into an offensive rhythm. Dylan Piazza, Andrew Lozier, Luke Hamme, and Brandon Greger were a solid back wall today.”
Farmington’s David Coello took advantage of a Lancer defensive mix-up near the edge of the penalty area and scored just 2:56 into the game.
The shots from the teams were near equal as both DiLoreto and Farmington’s Patrick Pietraszewski each had seven saves.
Eastern (4-2-4) next travels to Bristol Central for a 1 p.m. game Sunday. Eastern’s game with New Britain on Friday was canceled.
Bristol Central 4, Plainville 0: The Rams were able to avenge last week’s 5-1 loss to the Blue Devils with a dominant win of their own at home Wednesday.
Mark Palma finished a career day by netting all four of Central’s goals against a very talented Plainville team.
“It was our best effort of the year,” Central head coach Nate Jandreau said “I thought we did a great job of stopping their best player, Patrick. Beckett Hennessy did a great job of following him and communicating where he was. These guys played their hearts out and they deserved the win.”
Harrison Ross posted a clean sheet for the second day in a row with 11 saves.
The Rams will travel to Burlington to take on Lewis Mills on Friday.
Lewis Mills 3, Bristol Eastern 1: Lewis Mills' Madeleine Croiger opened the scoring 17 minutes into the game as she broke free through the defense and narrowly beat Eastern goalkeeper Grace D'Amato (17 saves).
The Lancers answered back just before the half as Emma Stavens fought to win a ball in the midfield and played a ball forward to a pressing Ciara Collins, who blasted a shot that was deflected by Spartans' keeper Resmije Bylykbashi (4 saves). But Lili Morneault was crashing hard and blasted the rebound in.
The second half was very evenly matched, but Abby Mills gave Lewis Mills the lead and they would not give it up this time despite numerous chances for Eastern. Grace Buchanan put the Lancers away with just over a minute left and finished off the scoring.
Wilcox Tech 3, Goodwin Tech 1: The Gladiators suffered their second loss of the season Wednesday with both of them coming against Wilcox Tech 3-1.
Goodwin Tech battled for all four sets and scored at least 23 points in three of them. Nathalie Delarosa filled her stat line with 13 service points including seven aces as well as 12 kills and five digs.
The win puts Goodwin Tech at sixth place in Class S, only behind undefeated teams including Griswold, which only played four games so far. Next up for the Gladiators is an undetermined postseason matchup Monday.
Berlin 95, Newington 85: The Redcoats were able to end their losing streak to nearby rival Newington in Wednesday’s win.
Kelly Chmielewski and Bailey Baclaski each finished the meet with three first-place finishes for Berlin starting for both of them with the 200 medley relay which they finished in 2:03.91. Chmielewski also took first in the 100 butterfly (1:08.66) and 100 backstroke (1:07.70) while Baclaski sprinted to first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.96 and then backed it up with a win in the 100 freestyle (1:00.97).
Berlin’s other wins came in the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.80), the 200 individual medley (Kaitlyn Nielsen, 2:32.12) and a top diving performance from Samantha Ferrero.
“Berlin [versus] Newington has been a fun rivalry within the CCC West conference for us,” Berlin coach Andrea Gallo said. “We are very similar teams and have had very competitive meets the last few years [and] they have bested us for the last few seasons. We really gear up every season and look forward to swimming them. It was especially rewarding for the senior class to be able to swim them this season and end up with a win.”
Newington showed its prowess in some of the longer events of the meet highlighted by Sarah Nadratowski’s win in the 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay with Christine Nguyen, Julia Remiszewski and Gabby Targonska.
The Redcoats will travel to Wethersfield on Tuesday for their next meet and Newington’s next meet is the CCC regionals next week.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Southington 20, Lewis Mills 43: Justin Cascio of Lewis Mills may have won Wednesday’s 5k race, but the next 10 runners to cross the finish line were all Blue Knights.
Senior Braeden Laframboise was the first of the Southington runners to finish with a time of 18:12.9 with three of his teammates finishing in the ensuing 12 seeconds. Cascio won the race by nearly a minute and a half with a time of 16:54.8, which also beat the course record of 16:56.
Bristol Central 23, Farmington 34: Nate Deangelo set a new course record in the Rams’ win Wednesday by posting a 16:15 run at Winding Trails. Central took six of the top 10 places in the race including the top two as Frankie Porrini finished second with at time of 17:01.
The Rams’ next race is the CCC Region B postseason race Nov. 10.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Farmington 23 Bristol Central 38: Natalia Popielarz (20:13) was the first runner to cross the finish line in Wednesday, but it was not enough for the Rams to secure a win as Farmington had seven of the top 10 finishers. Bella Crandall (21:46) took fourth for Central while Johannie Juarez finished in 10th.
The Rams’ next race is the CCC Region B postseason race Nov. 10 at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain.
Bristol Eastern 1, Farmington 1
At Bristol Eastern
Haltime: 1-0 Farmington
Goals: David Coello (F), Nate DiLoreto (BE)
Saves: Nate Diloreto (BE) 7, Patrick Pietraszewski (F) 7.
Records: Bristol Eastern 4-2-4, Farmington 8-0-1.
Bristol Central 4, Plainville 0
At Bristol Central
Goals: Mark Palma (BC) 4.
Assists: Carson Rivoira, Charlie Pittman, Ethan Crumrine, Tyler D’Agostino.
Saves: Harrison Ross (BC) 11, Nathan Masco (P) 10.
Records: Bristol Central 4-4-1, Plainville 7-4.
Lewis Mills 3, Bristol Eastern 1
At Lewis Mills
Goals: Madeleine Croiger (LM), Lili Morneault (BE), Abby Mills (LM), Grace Buchanan (LM).
Assists: Ciara Collins (BE).
Saves: Resmije Bylykbashi (LM) 4, Grace D’Amato (BE) 17.
Records: Lewis Mills 8-2-1, Bristol Eastern 5-5-1.
Wilcox Tech 3, Goodwin Tech 1
(25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23)
At Wilcox Tech
Highlights: Nathalie Delarosa (GT) 7 service aces, 12 kills, 5 digs; Trinity Chambers 12 assists.
Records: Wilcox Tech 11-0, Goodwin Tech 8-2.