NVL tourney roundup


Boys soccer

Crosby’s Mostafa Mabrouk (20) and Naugatuck’s Bruno Silva (2) battle for the ball during a Naugatuck Valley League tournament quarterfinal match Saturday at Naugatuck High School. STEVEN VALENTI/REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

No. 1 Naugatuck and No. 2 Woodland advanced to the semifinals of the Naugatuck Valley League tournament with quarterfinal wins on Saturday.

Naugatuck defeated No. 8 Crosby, 2-0, at Naugatuck High School.

Mateus Filho scored both goals for the Greyhounds. Simon Diaz and Timmy Rosa provided an assist apiece while David Green made three saves for Naugatuck.

The Greyhounds will face No. 4 Watertown, a 3-0 winner over No. 5 St. Paul, in one semifinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.

Woodland defeated No. 7 Waterbury Career, 7-0, at Woodland Regional High School.

Jason Claiborn had a hat trick for the Hawks. Cole Barrows, Dante Polletta, Ethan Carlone and Andi Krivca added a goal apiece while Ryan Lamb made four saves for Woodland.

Woodland will play No. 3 Holy Cross, a 4-2 winner over No. 6 Torrington, in the first semifinal Tuesday at Municipal Stadium at 5 p.m.

The championship game is Thursday at Municipal Stadium.

Girls soccer

Naugatuck’s Aalyiah Henry (4) and Wolcott’s Morgan Matyoka (19) battle for the ball during a Naugatuck Valley League tournament quarterfinal match Saturday at Wolcott High School. STEVEN VALENTI/REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

No. 3 Woodland and No. 5 Naugatuck both fell in the quarterfinals of the NVL girls soccer tournament.

Woodland lost, 3-1, to No. 6 Oxford at Woodland Regional High School.

Aries Bell gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead about five minutes into the game, but the lead was short-lived.

Oxford’s Grace Mahmood tied the game 10 minutes later. Kate Wickenhsiesser put Oxford ahead late in the first half and scored again in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Naugatuck lost, 2-1, on the road to No. 4 Wolcott.

Wolcott’s Brooke Tracey scored 5:19 into the match to give the Eagles the early momentum and help the team settle into the game. Ella Vaughn put Wolcott up 2-0 with 2:49 left before halftime, off a corner kick by Samantha Riviezzo.

The Greyhounds weren’t ready to throw in the towel, keeping pressure on Wolcott during the second half.

Paige Cruz scored on an arching kick from the left corner with 10:31 left in regulation, but Wolcott held on the rest of the way.

Naugatuck coach Lisa Mariano was proud of her team for not folding after falling down 2-0 after 40 minutes.

“Although I don’t ever want to lose a game, there’s a lot we can pull away from this,” Mariano said. “Urgency was definitely one of the things along with staying composed when we have to play urgent.”


No. 2 Naugatuck and No. 3 Woodland both earned 3-1 wins in the quarterfinal round on Saturday to set up a semifinal match between the neighboring rivals Monday at 5 p.m. at Torrington High School.

Naugatuck defeated No. 7 Wolcott at home in the first round. Game scores were 25-16, 25-9, 15-25, 27-25.

Jordyn Hunt had 23 digs and 10 points. Brielle Behuniak added 14 kills and nine assists, and Kaylee Jackson had 14 kills with eight points for the Greyhounds.

Hailey Russell had 13 assists and 10 points. Nadia Cestari also had 12 points with five aces.

Woodland beat No. 6 Holy Cross at home in the first round by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20.

Naugatuck defeated Woodland, 3-1, in their only meeting in the regular season. The winner of Monday’s semifinal will play the winner of the other semifinal between No. 1 Seymour and No. 5 St. Paul for the championship Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Kennedy High School in Waterbury.