WATERTOWN - Not a bad opening act. With the first month of the 2019 boys soccer season entered into the record books, the look of the defending NVL champions from Watertown High School is decidedly a pretty good one. Coach Vitto Caligiuri’s Indians finished September with a 6-0-1 record; along with Holy Cross they were one of two teams to finish the month with a goose egg in the loss column.
The rivals began the month with their only clash of the regular season on October 1 at Municipal Stadium
The Indians concluded the month with a solid 2-1 non-league win over Pomperaug High School of the SWC at the Mills Complex on the warm afternoon of September 28.
Moni Jusufi continued his red-hot pace by scoring his 10th goal of the season, while Ben Piri came up big with his first of the year, with both goals assisted by Keith Caouette.
In goal Vincent Orsini was solid, making eight saves and playing a key role in the Indians hanging on.
Jusufi has grown by leaps-and-bounds; after scoring five goals last season, he has come out of the gate with a flourish, increasing his total to nine with a pair in the Indians’ 8-0 win over Derby High School on September 26 at the Mills Complex.
Watertown put the Red Raiders down for the count with a flurry of six goals in the opening 40 minutes.
Orsini, Zack Fenn, Liam Farrell, Caouette, Bruno Colella, and John Gorski all scored one goal apiece.
Piri contributed two assists and sophomore Lucas Fenn was the winning in the WHS goal, making three saves.
In their first Iron Division game of the season, the Indians shook off a determined effort by St. Paul Catholic High School, as a first half goal by Jusufi, assisted by Finn Street, proved to be just enough in a 1-0 win in Bristol on September 24.
Orsini made three saves in the Watertown goal.