Berlin stuns Glastonbury in soccer

Berlin stuns Glastonbury in soccer


The Berlin High School boys soccer team pulled off one of its biggest victories in recent memory Monday, Sept. 19, besting perennial state power Glastonbury 3-1 to remain perfect on the year.

Glastonbury, three-time defending state champions, entered the game undefeated and ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Berlin coach Sal Parafati called the game a true “David versus Goliath” battle.

“In 17 years of coaching, this Glastonbury team is amongst the strongest I have ever seen. They were extremely difficult to contain in our defensive third. They attack with astounding pace, and their squad is so deep. They would make five substitutions at once, but the quality of their play never diminished,” Parafati said.

“We needed to be close to perfect defensively in order to be successful, and our defensive line did just that.”

Berlin’s defense was anchored by senior keeper Ben Kennure, who made nine saves. He was fronted by Dom Biello, Joe Pettinelli, Nico Sznaj and Billy Hagmeier.

Scoring for the Redcoats were Justin Rocco, Noah Silverman and Ryan Jenkins, on a penalty kick.

“Once we slowed the game down and played our possession game, we realized that we could break them down defensively by spreading them out and attacking their outsides. Our midfield remained composed throughout the game and fueled the offense,” Parafati said.

“It was just a fantastic and very unforgettable night all around. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys. There is still plenty of soccer to be played this season but this moment will be ingrained in our memories for a long time.”

Berlin went on to defeat South Windsor on the road, 2-1, to improve to 5-0.

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