BURLINGTON >> The third seeded Lewis Mills Spartans cruised past No. 30 Killingly easily, 5-0 and have moved on to the second round of the Class M State Tournament.
“We had to get ahead,” said sophomore Freddy Marinelli, who scored the first goal of the game. “We could set the tone from there.”
The Spartans, who played all Berkshire League opponents during the season, didn’t know a whole lot about the Redmen.
“Anything I could Google,” said Spartans’ head coach Ben Kulas. “We had an idea of to expect, we knew they had some athletes. They came from a long way; we wanted to get them on the ropes.”
That is what the Spartans did after the first half where they scored twice, the second goal from Kyle Baron, they came out and ran away from the Redmen.
“We tried to change things at half,” said Killingly head coach, Roland Frechette. “We lost our legs 15 minutes into the second half.”
The Spartans got three goals from three different players, Jordon Sokol, Ryan Finlay and Austin Gilbert.
“We knew we wanted to get the first goal in the second half,” said Kulas.
The Spartans did, holding the ball for the majority of the game and giving starting goalie Alexander Daigle an easy game, only having to make two saves.
“We came in and prepared for the hardest opponent,” said Marinelli.
Killingly (5-9-3) who made the State Tournament on the final day of the season is only losing five seniors from this team, who wasn’t supposed to do much this season said Frechette.
“It was a big step for us this season,” he said. “It’s been tough; we have a lot of sophomores.”
Lewis Mills will now move on and play Ellington who beat, fellow Berkshire League team, Northwestern 2-1 on Tuesday.
“I don’t want Ellington to be able to say that they beat two Berkshire League teams,” said Kulas. “It’s a pride thing; we want the other (Berkshire League) teams to succeed.”
Unlike Killingly, Kulas has more than Google to go to when he prepares his team for the Knights.
“I have two Ellington games on DVR, so I’ll be able to watch them,” said Kulas. “I’ll also be able to put a call into Andy Campbell over at Northwestern.”
Being the No. 3 seed the Spartans will have home field advantage until the semifinals, which gives them an edge.
“It’s important to us, we have a great fan base that comes out,” said Finlay.
Just getting to the second round is not enough for the Spartans they believe they have the ability to get to the semifinals, but they aren’t going to think that far ahead.
“I think we have the potential to get to the final four,” said Kulas, “but we have to get through Ellington and the next opponent.”
Lewis Mills takes on the Knights Thursday at 4 p.m. at Nassahegan Field in the second round of the Class M State Tournament.
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No. 3 Lewis Mills 5, No. 30 Killingly 0
At Nassahegan Field
Lewis Mills 2 3—5
Killingly 0 0—0
Goals: LM—Freddy Marinelli; Kyle Baron; Jordan Sokol; Ryan Finlay; Austin Gilbert. Assists: LM—Ryan Finlay; Jack Nepomuceno. Saves: LM—Alexander Daigle 2. K—Andrew Klawitter 9.
Records: Lewis Mills 12-0-5, Killingly 5-9-3.