OPENING DAY: Falcon girls, Heart boys pick up NVL soccer road wins

St. Paul’s Julia Dess tallied two second half goals in a 4-1 comeback road win over Holy Cross.
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How does a team respond to adversity in a season opener?

If it’s the St. Paul girls soccer team, the reply was four-fold. The Falcons scored four goals in the second half after falling behind in the first 10 seconds. St. Paul claimed a 4-1 road victory at Holy Cross on Friday in a matchup of NVL contenders.
Julia Dess scored twice while Addison Davis and Briana Senese added one goal each. Freshman keeper Nina Zwolinski made a bunch of big saves in the first half of her debut.

  • Speaking of NVL battles, Sacred Heart used a first half goal from Evan Laferriere to take a 1-0 road win over Wolcott on Friday evening. Laferriere scored on a header at 16:18.
  • The St. Paul boys defeated Kennedy 4-3 in Bristol on Friday.


  • Bristol Eastern shut out Plainville 3-0 on the road Friday. Ali Rivoira had 18 aces and 18 assists to lead the Lancers in the dominating victory. Alexandra DiMattia hit well for Eastern while Olivia Beaudoin and Zoe Lowe were solid on defense.
  • Bristol Eastern beat Plainville 2-0 at home on Friday. Myah Croze and Kate Kozikowski had the goals for the Lancers. Jenna Soucy and Kailey Laprise were strong in the defensive end for Eastern.
  • It was a tough debut for Wolcott head coach Matt Hove in Ansonia on Friday night. The Eagles lost 61-6 to the perennial league and state championship contenders. Michael Polzella ran for the lone touchdown.
  • Waterbury Career Academy beat Wilby 28-6 at Ray Snyder Sr. Field on Friday night. Christian Calle’s rushing touchdown was the lone score of the first half, which the Spartans led 8-0. Matt Torres scored on a run, then Calle added his second rushing touchdown. Torres completed WCA’s scoring with a touchdown pass to Jalen Gopie. Alexandre Gonzalez threw to Andres Urena for the lone Wilby score in the third quarter.
  • Bristol Eastern battled, but lost on the road 14-7 to E.O. Smith. The Lancers actually had a 7-6 lead in the second quarter after a short Justin Marshall touchdown pass to Jaden Laprise and extra point by John McPhee. The Panthers got the lead back on a safety later in the second quarter, then added to it on a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter.