In St. Paulâ€™s first boys soccer game of the new season, the Falcons defeated visiting Kennedy 4-3 on Friday.
Kennedy started the scoring with an early goal, but the Falcons answered quickly with two quick goals from juniors Spencer Sinkwich and Adam VanLinter to go into the half up 2-1.
St. Paul came out strong in the second half with goals from sophomore Ethan Rembish and senior captain Matt Goodwin.
Kennedy battled back to bring the score to 4-3. With seconds left on the clock, Kennedy attempted a free kick that sailed just wide, sealing the victory for the Falcons.
Assists came from Ethan Rembish and Spencer Sinkwich. St. Paul keeper Matt Raymond had seven saves and Kennedy keeper Thanolsi Dupi had four saves.
Plainville 6, Bristol Eastern 3: The Blue Devils jumped to a 3-0 halftime lead on their way to a victory at home.
Dane Stephens netted two goals, while Jordan Bishop, Tyler Miller, Jake Hillburn and Matt Bialko scored one each for Plainville.
Jake Woznicki scored twice and Pat Brady added a goal for the Lancers.
For Bristol Eastern, Tom Tefoe made eight saves, while fellow goalkeeper Nate DiLoreto had two. Sergio Zaldivar stopped four shots for Plainville.
Southington 1, Hall 1: The Blue Knights got a goal from Joe Colaccino, but also scored into their own net for a tie game at Southington High.
Hall goaeper Clay Courtmanche and Southingtonâ€™s Evan Daddona made five saves each.
St. Paul 4, Holy Cross 1: Julia Dess scored twice, while Addison Davis and Briana Senese netted a goal each for the Falcons.
â€śThis was a great win and a nice way to open the season,â€ť St. Paul coach James Husbands said. â€śSt. Paul and Holy Cross have developed quite a rivalry over the years and because of that, the game has special meaning to the upper classmen.
â€śOverall I thought the team played very well, good passing, loads of pressure both offensively and defensively. Like every opening game, we made some mistakes, but most of them can be easily fixed.
â€śBetter communications, more attention to our defensive shape and providing a little more help from our wing players during our transition from defense to offense are just a couple areas we need to improve on.
â€śDefense is a new group that hadnâ€™t had a lot of time to develop its chemistry, but their effort today shows they have the potential to be an outstanding unit. Weâ€™re starting three juniors and a freshmen and once they start getting comfortable with our new formation and playing with each other theyâ€™ll be fun to watch.
â€śOffensively, we showed today we have mutiple scoring options with three different players scoring goals. This should help make us a more difficult team to defend than we were last year.â€ť