The Stratford High girls soccer team defeated Kolbe Cathedral 5-3 on Friday with goal scorers Ava Buckmir (3), Layla Cesar and Skyler Kelemen posing for a post-game photo. (Photo courtesy of Stratford Girls Soccer Twitter page).

On a weekend without football, the Stratford boys and girls soccer teams highlighted the weekend’s action as each Red Devils squad notched their first wins of the 2019 season.

Both teams improved to 1-8 to help build up some momentum heading into this coming weekend’s rivalry showdown against Bunnell.

Here’s a rundown of the weekend’s events:

Friday, Oct. 11


Stratford 1, Kolbe Cathedral 0

The Stratford High School boys soccer team won, 1-0, against Kolbe Cathedral at home on Friday.

The first half was about even, as Stratford sought to possess the ball and pass through Kolbe’s backline, which resulted in several real chances.

Stratford, which had conceded nearly five goals a game in each of its previous eight games, looked better defensively as the first half ended 0-0.

In the second half, attacking midfielders Thomas Castro and Andres Jimenez created chances for forwards Max Maria, Carlos Fidalgo and Kendy Noelsaint, none coming to fruition.

Finally, Stratford scored when Jimenez sent a nicely weighted ball past the Kolbe defense, which Noelsaint put past the goalie.

The second half of the second half was fast and furious, with both teams receiving several cautions and one Kolbe player receiving a straight red for throwing a Stratford player to the ground.

But even down a man, Kolbe looked threatening at times and had a goal disallowed from a free-kick, as a Kolbe player was penalized for fouling his Stratford defender in the box.

Stratford held on for the win, bringing its record to 1-8.

Its next game is Monday, at home, against Harding.

Bunnell 1, Masuk 1

No further information was made available for this game.


Stratford 5, Kolbe Cathedral 3

Ava Buckmir scored three goals with Layla Cesar and Skyler Kelemen scoring one each as Stratford notched its first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Kolbe Cathedral.

Masuk 7, Bunnell 0

No further information was made available for this game.


Bunnell 93, New Fairfield 75

The Bulldogs got their first dual meet win of the season by posting a 93-75 win over New Fairfield.

Amaya Davis was Bunnell’s lone two-event winner, taking first in the 50 free (28.08) and 100 free (1:02.08).

Rose Nieto won the 200 free (2:11.12), Taylor Niemiec won the 200 IM (2:26.31), Lili Dowell won the 500 free (6:06.30) and Victoria Zottolli won the 100 breast (1:22.89).

Bunnell also won the 200 medley relay (Alix Agathos, Zottoli, Niemiec, and Davis) in 2:09.85, and the 200 free relay (Sophia Walton, Davis, Niemiec, Dowell) in 1:57.91

Masuk 86, Stratford 79

No further information was made available for this swim meet.


Stratford 3, Harding 0

For the Red Devils, Angela Grindrod had 17 service points, 10 aces, four digs and three assists.

Anna Mayglothling added 12 digs while Julie Carbone finished with 10 service points, 10 digs, eight assists, four aces and a trio of kills.

Stratford is now 7-4 on the season.

Saturday, Oct. 12


Bunnell competes at Wickham Invitational

The Bunnell boys and girls cross country teams competed at the prestigious Wickham Park Invitational in East Hartford on Saturday.

The boys team placed seventh out of 27 teams in the unseeded boys JV race.

Dennis Johnson was second, Mario Oliva was 14th and Jonathan Gulish was 24th. Maurice Neri, Vincenzo Fabrizi, Colin Grib, and Miguel Fernandez also competed for the Bulldogs.

The Bunnell girls varsity cross country team placed 13th out of 19 teams during the unseeded JV race at the 2019 Wickham Park Invitational on Saturday.

Dannah Urban was 51st, Meghan Fenton was 57th and Madison Derubis was 59th. Kelsey Ponce, Risa McLaughlin and Colleen Mullane also competed for the Bulldogs.


Fairfield Warde 3, Bunnell 0

No further information was reported on this game.

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