Parity Rules: Exciting Round Of PKs Helps Dictate Matchups In Girls' Soccer Bracket

Seeded eighth in the bracket, Immaculate might have been considered a longshot to win its SWC tourney opener against top-seeded Pomperaug on November 1, but the Mustangs certainly made things very interesting.

Immaculate pushed the Panthers into some extra play, ultimately falling 7-5 in a round of penalty kicks following a 3-3 battle in regulation.

The Mustangs got regulation goals from Maddie Borque, Keli Zavatsky and Lauren Manning. Goalkeeper Aimee Cirella made 14 saves in this offensive-minded contest.

In PKs, the Mustangs got goals from Manning, Maddie Borque, Meryl McKenna, Giselle Rodriguez and Anna Flaherty.

Pomperaug had a pair of regulation goals from Samantha Kipperman and one from Bethany Karp. Kipperman, Jessica Rodriguez and Madison Mooney had assists.

In penalty kicks, Rodriguez, Emma Broadwater, Naomi Steitzel, Erina Ismaili, Kipperman, Ella Gallino and Kate Johnson all had net-finders.

Samantha Grayson made two saves in goal. Sydney Weiss stopped two shots in overtime and two more during PKs.

The Panthers survived one upset scare but was eliminated by No. 5 Newtown in the semifinals on November 4. In a rematch of last year's championship game, the Nighthawks prevailed 2-0 on goals by Kaley Meisenheimer and Karsen Pirone less than a minute apart midway through the first half.

Newtown had earned a mild upset in a 2-1 win at fourth-seeded Masuk in the quarterfinals.

Kacey Lawrence had the Masuk goal. The Panthers will look to rebound in the state tourney.

"I think we have a great chance to go forward here," Masuk Coach Jason Goleski said. "Hopefully they bounce back and pull something together for the state tournament. Hopefully we can chase down a state title."

On the other side of the SWC bracket, the better seeds advanced, but not with ease. Notre Dame-Fairfield, the second seed in the tourney, edged No. 7 New Milford and No. 3 Weston nipped No. 6 Brookfield each by 2-1 scores.

Notre Dame blanked Weston 3-0 in the semis setting up a Wednesday, November 6 championship battle between Newtown and Notre Dame. The teams tied 1-1 in the regular slate.

Jessica Rodriguez (No. 23) and the Pomperaug girls' soccer team won a thriller in PKs before losing in the semis.

Immaculate's Meryl McKenna (No.10), going for the ball during a game with Newtown this fall, was among the scorers in the SWC playoff matchup with Pomperaug. Erin Phaneuf (No. 18) and Newtown beat Masuk then Pomperaug to advance to the title game.

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