Wheeler boys soccer

Wheeler’s Ian Spracklin launches a shot against Parish Hill during a Sept. 19 game. Tuesday, Spracklin had two goals and an assist to help Wheeler to its first state tournament win since 2006. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

WATERFORD — Wheeler High’s Ian Spracklin and Dylan Davino scored in the first five minutes and Wheeler High went on to a 3-1 boys soccer victory over Portland in a first-round game of the Class S state tournament Tuesday.

Spracklin finished with two goals and an assist to lead the No. 11 Lions (12-7). Matt Pierce added and assist, and goalie Bowen Baker made six saves.

“We played very well,” coach Joe Mendonca said. “Baker had a great game today. … It was a good win for us.”

The victory was the first in the state tournament for Wheeler since 2006, when it beat Windham Tech, 1-0.

No. 22 Portland (7-9-1) scored with 20 minutes left in the second half, but, 30 seconds later, Spracklin scored to put Wheeler back in control. Wheeler finished with a 12-10 edge in shots.

Spracklin has 17 goals and 19 assists this season.

Wheeler next travels to No. 6 Old Saybrook on Thursday for a 2 p.m. game. Old Saybrook had a bye in the first round.

No. 11 Wheeler was scheduled to host Tuesday’s game, but rain forced it to be moved to Waterford High at noon. Waterford has artificial turf.

— Ken Sorensen