BOYS SOCCER: Fast, furious and frightful! Maloney takes weather-shortened matchup from Wilcox

MERIDEN — Maloney provided the thunder in the first half. Lightning took care of the rest.

In a intra-city, non-conference boys soccer game abbreviated to 40 minutes by the weather, the Spartans defeated the Wilcox Tech Wildcats 5-0 on Monday night at Falcon Field.

The game was called when lightning and pouring rain started to appear right at the conclusion of the first half.

Jack-Niklas Hernandez, Anthony Valerie, Angel Mendez, Cristiano Cardentey and Dylan Miller each scored a goal for the Spartans.

Maloney won its second straight and improved to 2-2. Wilcox dipped to 1-3.

“I think it’s fun for the kids to get to play with one another,” remarked Maloney coach Dave Parness. “I know they’re all friends with the guys across town at Wilcox. It seemed to work out well. As soon as we got to halftime, the lightning came and ended the game.”

Thunder and lightning was forecasted for around 7 p.m. all day, but the schools decided to go through and play the game. It started a few minutes early, but just minutes after halftime began rain poured down.

Because the game played an official half, it still counts as a full game, and Maloney picks up the victory with no completion of the full 80 minutes required.

Maloney controlled the pace early on. In the first 10 minutes of the game, Maloney attempted four shots, while Wilcox didn’t attempt one.

In the 10th minute, Maloney’s Hernandez, a junior, scored the first goal of the game off an assist by senior Kaydin Miller.

In the next 10 minutes, Maloney would attempt three more shots, while Wilcox had yet to attempt one.

The chances paid off for Maloney. In the 24th minute, Valerie scored the team’s second goal. The senior was set up with a nice corner kick from Miller.

A few minutes later, the Spartans made 3-0. Mendez scored off an assist from fellow senior Tommie Sullivan.

Maloney didn’t stop there. Cardentey, only a sophomore, lined up a bullet from midfield, with Sullivan picking up his second assist on the score.

Maloney went up 5-0 in the 33rd minute as Miller scored a goal of his own.

All told, Maloney had scored three goals within a 10-minute span.

Wilcox attempted one shot in the first half, while playing a clean game with no fouls. Maloney mounted 18 shots and Wilcox goalie Saxvi Perez made 13 saves.

Wilcox got off two shots. One was on net and Valerie made the save. Maloney also didn’t record a foul in the first half.

Wilcox will be back in action on Wednesday, Maloney on Thursday. The Wildcats travel to New Britain to face CTC rival Goodwin Tech.

Maloney is at Bristol Central for a CCC South match.

“We just have to battle and be aggressive,” Parness said ahead of Thursday’s league matchup. “Sometimes it takes a lot for us to get going. We’ve got to be more focused in warmups and, when the game starts, we’ve got to get going. We can’t wait for the game to come to us.”


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