SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Berlin sweeps Maloney in season-opening soccer twinbill

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Berlin sweeps Maloney in season-opening soccer twinbill


MERIDEN — Joe Pettinelli knocked home a corner kick 1:30 into the second half and it stood as the game-winner Saturday night as the Berlin boys soccer team nipped Maloney 1-0 in a CCC South-Colonial Division season opener for both teams at Falcon Field.

Pettinelli came across the box unmarked to redirect the kick taken by Noah Silverman.

Maloney came close to tying the score with 2:30 left when Ben Pierce headed a cross from Kevin Mendoza. The deflection went just wide of the net.

Berlin out-shot Maloney 14-4. Spartans goaltender Guadalupe Martinez made five saves.

The Spartans travel to Middletown on Tuesday night.

Girls soccer

Berlin 6, Maloney 0: The Spartans were blanked by the Redcoats in their season opener, which preceded the boys game at Falcon Field.

Berlin established a 2-0 lead by the break, then ripped off four goals in the second half, three of them by Maxine Muscatello.

Julia Sisti, Nikki Xiarhos and Ashley Wenzel also scored for the Redcoats.

Berlin peppered the Maloney net throughout. Goalie McKenzie Wrinn had 22 saves. Lexi Kavarsky had three for Berlin.

Maloney will look to bounce back Wednesday against Middletown. Game time is 6 p.m. at Falcon Field.

Miss Porter’s 7, Cheshire Academy 0: The Cats dropped their season opener in Cheshire. Naya Lipkens had a hat trick for Miss Porter’s (2-0).


Cheshire Academy 31, Stellar Prep 0: After watching former teammate Tarik Black help the University of Michigan beat Florida in its season opener, the Cats went out Friday night and took care of business in theirs, scoring the non-league win over Stellar Prep, which paid a visit to Simosa Field from Oakland, Calif.

CA got a touchdown run and pass from quarterback Josh Comune, a TD run from Keith McLaurin and a pick-six from Chase Kinzly.

Kicker Joe Tacopina booted a 25-yard field goal to open the scoring and followed with four PATs.

Tacopina’s field goal and Kinzley’s 40-yard interception return had the Cats up 10-0 at halftime. They extended their lead to 24-0 in the third quarter when Comune hit Ibraham Kamara for a 25-yard TD pass and later creased the end zone from 1 yard out.


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