Kristyna Miller scores up a storm; x-country wins

By KEVIN ROBERTS

STAFF WRITER

Plainville girls soccer sophomore Krystyna Miller put up a scoring barrage in an 8-3 victory over Bristol Eastern on Sept. 11 at Tinty Stadium.

She scored not one, not two, not three, not four, but five goals for the Lady Devils in the victory.

“Krystyna’s finishing was outstanding,” coach Leszek Wrona said.

Miller also had two assists in the victory. Delaney Beausoleil had two goals and two assists while Courtney Ouellette scored the other goal for Plainville.

“The girls played a great game,” Wrona said. “The passing was outstanding, the finishing was outstanding. The girls played as a team, always looking for their teammates in better position.”

Sarah Tomczyk and Rachel Parsons were solid on defense against Bristol Eastern while Beausoleil and Ouellette played well in the midfield. Plainville keepers Caitlin Barker and Maddie Rund had good games as well.

The Lady Devils suffered their first loss on Sept. 13 against Simsbury by the score of 3-0 at Tinty Stadium. The game was a scoreless tie at halftime, and the Trojans were up just 1-0 going into the final minutes. Simsbury scored a pair of goals to put the game away.

The record: Plainville 2-1

Up next: The Lady Devils faced the Bulkeley/Weaver co-op on Monday in Hartford, then were scheduled to play Maloney on Thursday at Falcon Field in Meriden.

BOYS SOCCER

Plainville split its two games, though the loss was a close one on the road against CCC and state perennial power Farmington.

The Blue Devils defeated Bristol Eastern 1-0 in Bristol on Sept. 11. Mike Torres scored the lone goal less than 20 minutes into the second half, and Brenna n Staubley filled in nicely for Sergio Zaldivar with 10 saves.

In the 1-0 loss to Farmington Sept. 13, Zaldivar returned and had a great game with 15 saves. Brennan Hughes scored the goal for the Indians.

The record: Plainville 2-1

Up next: The Blue Devils hosted Rocky Hill on Monday and were scheduled to play Maloney at hom on Thursday.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Plainville boys and girls teams each won both matchups in their season-opening tri-meet against East Hartford and New Britain on Sept. 11 at Plainville High School. The boys won 18-43 over East Hartford and 15-50 over New Britain. The girls defeated East Hartford 20-37 and took down New Britain 15-50.

“It was a good way to start for both the boys and the girls, but bigger tests await in the CCC South,” coach Shaun Berard said.

The Plainville boys took five of the top seven spots overall, including the winner Cole McNamara, who finished with a time of 18:34. Connor McNamara was second in 18:40 while Brody Davidson, Andrew Kane and Owen Davidson finished in fifth, sixth and seventh.

Kaycee Newberry and Emma Lopez paced the Plainville girls with second and third place finishes overall. Newberry finished the race in a time of 25:43 while Lopez was third on 26:06. Allie Chambrello, Emily Roy, Teagan Russell and Helena Yawn took seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th for the Lady Devils.

The records: Boys and girls are both 2-0

Up next: Plainville was scheduled to run against Bristol Central and Platt on Sept. 18 at Rockwell Park.

GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING

Plainville hosted E.O. Smith in its season opener on Sept. 11 and emerged with a 99-87 victory.

The Lady Devils were able to defeat a Panther team that had beaten them five straight times, including the season opener last year. Plainville didn’t win until its seventh meet last year. The win over E.O. Smith was also the first in a season opener for the Lady Devils since 2015.

The record: Plainville 1-0

Up next: The Lady Devils swam against Farmington on Monday at Miss Porter’s School. Plainville hosts Windsor on Friday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

It was a tough week for Plainville, which dropped matches to Bristol Eastern, Bristol Central, and Northwest Catholic on the road to open the season.

The Lady Devils showed some spirit against Bristol Eastern on Sept. 11, but were overmatched and lost 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-8).

Plainville played Bristol Central on Sept. 12 and was defeated 3-0. The Lady Devils lost the first two sets 25-7 and 25-11, but battled in the third set before falling 25-21.

Plainville traveled to West Hartford on Sept. 14 to face Northwest Catholic. The Lady Devils put up a strong fight in each of the first two sets before falling 25-19 and 25-21. The Lions won the third set 25-4 to sweep the match.

The records: Plainville 0-3

Up next: The Lady Devils were scheduled to host New Britain at home Monday and travel to Hartford to face Sports and Medical Sciences Academy on Wednesday. Plainville plays at Tolland on Friday.

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Plainville’s Krystyna Miller in action against Simsbury on Sept. 13. (KEVIN ROBERTS PHOTO)