NEW BRITAIN – A goal and two assists from Christian Amaral led Newington boys soccer past New Britain, 5-0, Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Amaral was joined by Jack Stair, Nathan Santos, Tyler Ferreira and Colin Alemany in the goal-scoring department as the Nor'easters picked up their first win of the 2021 season in dominating fashion.
“I think the work-rate was really high and the energy from the beginning,” Newington coach Jeff Brunetti said. “I loved the energy that we brought today.”
The offense favored the visitors as they held the 10-3 shot advantage throughout the affair.
The Nor'easters were all around the Hurricanes net in the first half, cranking shot after shot on New Britain goalie Maximillian Szczepanik
Newington got on the board first on a penalty-kick conversion from Amaral during the first half. His first attempt was nullified after a Hurricane player moved before the kick.
New Britain's Kevin Kolc tripped Nor'easters attacker Sebby Baez inside the penalty box to cause the penalty kick.
The Nor'easters kept the pressure through the rest of the half and had multiple scoring chances, including a flurry in front of the cage with less than two minutes left.
Early in the second half, Santos headed in a free kick from the side to make it 2-0, before Stair pushed the lead to 3-0 on another sweet feed from Amaral.
“He's coming off a great season last year as an all-state player,” Brunetti said. “He's a guy we look to to create opportunities for himself but for others as well. He's very unselfish and does good things on the field.”
Ferrera and Alemany tacked on two more strikes to push it to 5-0 late in the half.
“It's a brand new team coming from last year, we'll be alright,” Hurricanes coach Garth Lawrence said. “I got a couple key guys out with injuries right now so they should be back soon. The turnaround should be good come next game.”
Newington 9, New Britain 1: Newington rolled to a 9-1 win over New Britain Thursday night, getting its first win of the season.
No stats were provided from the final before press.
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