WATERBURY >> Torrington’s boys soccer team started a comeback season strong with a 4-0 win at Holy Cross Friday afternoon.
Held out of state tournament qualification for the first time in years last season, Naseem Thompson, Jimmy Friscia, Jazzmany Alvarez and Brandon Stater all scored in an opening statement that the Red Raiders are back.
“It was a great team effort on defense to hold the shutout – a great team win,” said Coach Mike Fritch.
Kyle Moser had 10 saves for the Crusaders.
Wamogo 3, Litchfield 0 >> The Warriors outshot Litchfield just 9-6, but led 2-0 at the half at Litchfield’s Plumb Hill Sports Complex. Ryan Dellelo had two goals; Reed Turturo, one.
Lewis Mills 5, Northwestern 2 >> The Spartans wasted no time showing their young team is up to the task of defending its long string of Berkshire League championships, with two goals in the first 1:32 of its opening match at Nasahegan Field.
Veteran Joe Fortuna had a hat trick as the Spartans led a good Northwestern team 4-0 at the half. Nick Lutrzykowski and Nate King had Mills’ other goals.
Jackson Dropick scored both second-half goals for the Highlanders.
Nonnewaug 4, Shepaug 0 >> Berkshire League pre-season favorite Nonnewaug got two goals from Leland Malloy and singles from Jake Willis and Riley Baker on two assists from Nate Firlings and one each from Luke Shea and Dean Jones.
Shepaug’s Alan Stinson had 15 saves as the Chiefs outshot the Spartans 22-3.
Nonnewaug 6, Shepaug 0 >> The Spartans held off Nonnewaug for 20 minutes before the floodgates opened at Shepaug. Allison Green, Emma Yocis, Azira Malloy and Mary Bibby found the back of the net four times in the next 20.
Bibby and Emily Wingard finished the rout with two more goals in the second half.
Skylar Soletsky had 15 saves for Shepaug.
Naugatuck 4, Torrington 2 >> Shannon Reardon and Alexis Tyrrell put the Red Raiders ahead 2-1 in the first half, but Torrington struggles with a serious manpower shortage. The Greyhounds scored three unanswered goals in the second half against the worn-out Raiders.
Hailey Boulanger had a hat trick; Nicole Crowley was Naugy’s other scorer.
Erica Morrison had 11 saves for Torrington.
Lewis Mills 2, Northwestern 0 >> The Spartans outshot the Highlanders 25-7 at Northwestern High School, but goalkeeper Gina Weingart came close to stopping them all.
“She’s one of the better goalies I’ve seen in the league in my time at Mills,” said veteran coach Dennis Fowler.
Weingart had 20 saves, holding Mills off for more than 31 minutes before All-State forward Chloe Waldron faked a pass, then side-footed the Spartans’ first goal.
Midway through the second half, freshman Morgan Sokol fired a low liner off a corner kick under Weingart’s dive.
Terryville 3, Thomaston 0 >> Jenna Covello scored the first of her three goals at Terryville High School just 10 minutes before the half. Makayla Descault assisted on two of them.
Thomaston’s Camryn Capaldo had 18 saves.
Thomaston 3, Lewis Mills 2 >> In a battle of pre-season Berkshire League favorites, the Spartans led twice but couldn’t hold on.
Spartan Lindsey Riordan scored the only goal in the first half at Thomaston High School. Golden Bear Alexa Milius tied it early in the second, but Katherine Duba took the lead back for Mills a little over a minute later.
The rest of the game was Thomaston’s. Milius scored again half way through the half. Alexa Sanson pounded in the winning goal with 2:30 left in the game.
Nonnewaug 4, Shepaug 0 >> The Chiefs came out strong at home with two goals in each half. Sophomore Ava Cawley had the first goal; Alex Eanniello, the second. Taylor Pabst and Lindsey Ross scored in the second half.
Shepaug’s Grace Thermer had 13 saves.
Torrington 3, Woodland 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20) >> The Red Raiders got revenge at home against one of just two teams to beat them last year (undefeated Seymour was the other). Carissa Carbone led the effort with 13 kills and an ace; Jolie Fox had 12 kills, a block and an ace; Jayleen Colon, 29 assists, a block and 2 aces. Gabriella Ballesteros had 11 digs.
Wilcox Tech 3, Wolcott Tech 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-18) >> The Wildcats started strong behind Ema Hoskins (8 kills, 3 aces, 3 blocks); Katie Benedict (18 assists, 3 aces); and Emily Woods (11 digs). Then Wilcox Tech’s Valencia McClendon (2 kills, 1 ace) and Lauren Colalacovo (5 acers, 2 kills) led the Indians to wins in the next three games.
Lewis Mills 3, Gilbert 1 (25-14, 25-15, 26-28, 25-25) >> Emily Hamel (12 kills, 10 digs, 3 aces); Haley DeJoseph (10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces); and Arlene Twitchell (28 assists, 3 digs, 2 aces) led the Spartans past Gilbert for two games at Mills. The Yellowjackets won an epic battle in game three behind Ali Brochu (8 kills, 7 digs, 4 blocks); Elizabeth Wexler (22 assists); and Alexis Johnson (3 kills, 6 digs) before Mills came back for the final win.