Wolcott boys soccer reaches NVL final

The Wolcott boys soccer team was at it again on Monday night.

The eighth-seeded Eagles again seized an early lead in an NVL tournament game, this time against fifth-seeded Watertown in a semifinal matchup in the wind and rain at Municipal Stadium’s Ray Snyder Sr. Field.

Wolcott added another goal and won, 2-0, to get to Wednesday evening’s NVL final. The Eagles will play No. 2 Naugatuck, a 1-0 winner over No. 3 St. Paul, at Snyder Field.

Justin Cardinale and Alex Dias scored the goals for Wolcott, and Sam Berninger turned away six shots for the clean sheet.

Wolcott was the lone local winner in a rough NVL semifinal Monday for area teams. In girls soccer, second-seeded Holy Cross fell to third-seeded Watertown, 2-1, at Joe Monroe Field in Wolcott. In girls volleyball, the third-seeded Crusaders claimed the first set against second-seeded Woodland, but the Hawks marched to a 3-1 win and gave themselves a shot at a second straight NVL championship.

Caption: Sam Berninger, seen here in a 2022 preseason scrimmage against Shepaug at Wolcott High School, and the Eagles are headed to the NVL final. They will play Naugatuck on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium’s Ray Snyder Sr. Field. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2022 file)