High School Soccer Notebook: Area Full of Quality Boys and Girls Teams

In local soccer, many girls and boys squads have been highly successful. Multiple teams are undefeated and many have proven themselves conference and state powers, especially on the girls side.

GIRLS SOCCER

Multiple squads in both the Central Connecticut Conference (CCCC) and North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) have gotten off to excellent starts in 2018.  Nearly all have winning records, with just one team holding fewer than 3 wins and each squad having a win as of the 2st.

Glastonbury and Suffield have the best records at 4-0-1.

Glastonbury leads the CCC West Patriot Division and is fifth in Class LL. The Tomahawks suffocating defense, led by star goalie Maddie Gerhardt, has recorded three shutouts and allowed just three goals. The offense has scored 17 times, including 7 goals at Avon. Samantha Forrest has been an offensive dynamo as just a sophomore, scoring three goals (a hat-trick) against both Avon and Tolland.

Suffield’s defense is probably the area’s best. The Wildcats, sixth in LL, have not allowed a goal this season, with sophomore goalie Ava Boccasile playing at an excellent level. Suffield has averaged 6 goals in its wins.  Sophoe Luphone earned a hat trick in the 7-0 opening win against Rockville, and McKenzie Sullivan recorded one in Suffield’s 6-0 takedown of Windsor Locks. Katie Davis displayed her ability to propel the offense by earning three assists in both wins.

Tolland and South Windsor are 4-1, with the Bobcats suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of THS on the 21st.

Tolland’s defense and goalies Hannah Vincent and Kelsey Leach have recorded three shutouts and allowed just one goal. Vincent recorded nine saves in the season opener against Enfield. Hannah Storzuk had one goal and two assists against EHS, and Lindsey Papa scored in the 1-0 victories against RHAM and South Windsor, with Leach making seven saves in the second. The Eagles lead the Patriot Division East.

South Windsor had blowout wins of East Hartford and Windsor and edged Manchester and Avon in impressive road wins, earning them first place in the Colonial Division West. Overall, the Bobcats have outscored opponents 16-2. They have been led on offense by the trio of Rachel Douin, Karly Suppicich and Lindsay Fishman. They have each scored 3 goals and Douin and Suppicich have 4 and 3 assists. Taylor Patitucci also has 3 goals.

RHAM is right behind Tolland in the Patriot Division East with a 3-1 record. The defense and goalie Natalie Maulton have allowed just two goals and shutout E.O. Smith and Manchester, with Maulton making 6 saves and Bridget Lalonde scoring twice in the second shutout.

After losing its first two games against Tolland and E.O. Smith, Enfield has quickly turned things around and won three of its last four. The Eagles scored 7 goals in its blowouts of both New Britain and East Hartford, and won 1-0 at Manchester. Stephanie Heck has been their top offensive player, scoring three and two goals against East Hartford and New Britain. Kate Marullo had two goals in the first win, and Madison Daly scored the winning goal against Manchester with less than five minutes remaining.

Ellington is one of the NCCC’s top teams with a record of 3-1. After an ugly start to the season against Suffield, the Knights have quickly turned things around, outscoring opponents 11-3. In their impressive 2-1 victory at Stafford, Anna Moser scored the winner with 50 seconds remaining. Kylie LaDestro earned nine saves.

After losing its first three games, Rockville earned a tie against Bolton on the 21st. Morgan Pitkin scored for the Rams.

East Catholic is 1-3 despite not allowing more than three goals. The Eagles earned their win in the season opener at East Hartford, triumphing 4-0. Four players scored.

BOYS SOCCER    

Ellington is the only currently undefeated team TSD covers. Just three squads are under .500.

Ellington is tied for second in the NCCC and ranked fifth in M with a record of 4-0. The Knights have not surrendered a goal and outscored opponents 16-0. Its offense has heated up in the last two wins against Stafford and Classical Magnet, firing in six and seven shots. Six players scored against Stafford. Jimmy Maznicki and Ryan Zahner each earned a goal and assist against Suffield.

South Windsor is 4-1 and leads the Colonial Division East. After losing the season opener at East Hartford, the Bobcats have held opponents scoreless while scoring 10 goals. Senior goalie Hunter Pasqualini is on his way to having another great season, with 10 saves against Glastonbury and six at Wethersfield in a 1-0 triumph. Mitchell Lyons scored the winning goal in it. Seven players scored against Manchester and Glastonbury.

East Catholic is 3-1 and right behind the Bobcats in the division. In their opening three wins, the Eagles defense allowed just one goal. Brendan Truman scored in the opening 1-0 opening win against East Hartford.

Tolland is second in the Patriot Division with a record of 3-1-1. Before its first loss to South Windsor on the 21st, the Eagles had earned three decisive wins in addition to its tie at Newington. In them, THS outscored opponents 13-1, with shutouts against RHAM and Southington. THS has been led by the Sirois brothers Ryan and Kevin. Ryan scored four goals against RHAM and Kevin had three against Enfield. Ryan Williams and Hunter Williams each earned a goal and assist against Southington.

Glastonbury is 3-2 and second in the Patriot Division West. Each of the Tomahawks wins are shutouts, with the offense scoring 11 goals in the triumphs. Their 2-0 win against Avon to open the season came in overtime, with Alec Hughes and Elliott Hokunson scoring 30 seconds apart and Mike Bernardi earning both assists.

Over in the NCCC, Suffield is also 3-2. The Wildcats shut out Rockville and East Windsor 2-0 and also defeated Windsor Locks.

Rockville is 1-2. The Rams defeated Canton 2-0 on the 12th.

RHAM is 1-4, earning its first win against Manchester on the 21st 2-0.  Johnny Clough and Cam Rose put the Sachems on the board.

Enfield is winless as of the 21st. Justin Melendez and Andrew Cherry scored against undefeated Hartford Public on the 19th.

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