BRISTOL – Riding high following a blowout win over rival Bristol Central earlier this week, the Bristol Eastern boys soccer team had to quickly shift its focus to Friday’s matchup with Plainville, which is consistently one of the toughest teams in the area.
The Lancers were up to the challenge thanks to a late corner kick that found Luke Hammer, who headed in the game-winning goal with just 1:30 left in the match to give Eastern the 2-1 victory.
“We played hard throughout and were rewarded at the end,” Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. “Brandon Greger and the back line were outstanding, while Elijah Parent and Andre Gonzalez in the midfield were solid.”
The Lancers grabbed the lead late in the first half when Joe Verardi sent a through ball to Dominik Femiak, who hammered a shot past Blue Devils goalkeeper Nathan Masco to break the scoreless tie. But Plainville responded late in the second half when All-State senior Pat Gryczewski sent a pass to the back post, where Avery Palma knocked it home to tie the game. But Eastern had a response when Verardi’s corner found Hammer, who turned out to be the hero.
Masco had seven saves for Plainville, while Nate DiLoreto stopped five shots for the Lancers.
Goodwin Tech 7, Prince Tech 1: After suffering two straight blowout losses, the Goodwin Tech girls soccer team needed a big performance on Friday afternoon to change the tide of its season.
The Gladiators have to be happy with their performance.
Jillian Yezierski picked up a hat trick and Asia Vibert finished with two goals of her own in what was a 7-1 rout of Prince Tech, the team’s second of the season of dropping three of the first four.
Goodwin Tech’s other two tallies came from Desaraya Trusty and Sadie Clark, while Trusty and Genesis Pagan picked up assists in the offensive explosion. Esther Emeka scored the lone goal for Prince Tech.
Ariana White finished with two saves for the Gladiators, while Gracemar Hernandez also had two in the opposing net.
The Gladiators are staying put and will be home again for their next contest on Tuesday against Wilcox Tech at 3:45 p.m.
Shepaug Valley 1, Terryville 0: The Kangaroos were silenced on Friday afternoon, giving up a goal to Marie Sprong late in the first half to drop Terryville below the .500 mark.
Madison Douskey made four saves for Shepaug Valley in a shutout performance, while Ally Drake was busy in net for the Kangaroos, making eight saves on the day.
St. Paul 57, Kennedy 15: The Falcons dominated in the pool on Friday, thanks to juniors Amelia Badzioch and Abby MacAllister, who have taken first in nearly every event so far this season. Freshman Bryn Kroll has been equally dominant, while Adriana Raymond has been leading the way on the diving board.
“Overall, the team is progressing nicely and the girls are showing a lot of improvement and looking promising for some awesome swimming as we near the end of the season,” head coach Karim Mabrouk said.”
Goodwin Tech 3, MLC 0: The Gladiators left no doubt on Friday, sweeping MLC (25-10, 25-10, 25-18) with an overall overwhelming performance.
Senior Nathalie Delarosa paced Goodwin Tech with 10 service points and five aces, while fellow senior Tabetha Trammell picked up 13 service points with four aces. Rachel Astacio added 10 service points as well to help the Gladiators improve to 5-1.