Hawks roll, ‘Hounds fall in season-openers

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Opening the season against the defending Naugatuck Valley League girls soccer champions is a good way to find out early where you stand.

Naugatuck went head-to-head with the defending league champions from Watertown on the road Sept. 12. The Greyhounds, who are looking to build off last year’s run to the state quarterfinals, found out early on what the heat of the battle feels like as Watertown earned a 1-0 win.

Watertown’s Morgan Dodge scored the only goal of the game in the first half off an assist from Melina LaCapra.

The Greyhounds entered the season needing to rebuild their entire defense. Naugatuck head coach Lisa Mariano said the team will learn from the road loss.

“Overall, I was happy with the team’s play,” Mariano said. “Watertown scored their goal on a miscommunication on our end; something we will learn and build from. Our backline is new and they played well together. We had some great combinations offensively, we just couldn’t finish.”

Naugatuck is set to play Seymour on Tuesday. The Greyhounds will head to St. Paul on Sept. 20 and Brookfield on Sept. 21.

Hawks roll over Hearts: The Woodland girls had it going in a dominant 9-0 win over Sacred Heart-Kaynor Tech Sept. 12.

Magdalena Lewicki led the Hawks with two goals and one assist. Olivia Kotsaftis also scored twice. Isabela Mejias recorded the shutout in the net for the Hawks.

Woodland also got a goal and two assists from Aries Bell, and a goal and an assist from Paige Letourneau. Holly Plasky, Natalie Miranda and Delia Kotsaftis each scored goals. April Bell had an assist.

“We certainly had our offense going and that was a good thing to see,” Woodland head coach Cait Witham said. “The defense did their part and we are looking to build on this.”

Woodland is set to play Brookfield Saturday and St. Paul on Tuesday. The Hawks will play Wolcott on Sept. 19 and host Ansonia Sept. 23.