SWC Teams Keep Advancing In State Play


Pomperaug's Bethany Karp (No. 2) goes up for a header during state playoff action.


Heading into action on November 16, the South-West Conference continued to be well-represented in the state playoffs.


Soccer

In Class L girls' soccer, Joel Barlow and Pomperaug both reached the quarterfinal round. Barlow, the No. 26 seed, blanked No. 23 Daniel Hand 2-0 on November 14, earning a November 16 visit to No. 2 Suffield at noon. No. 3 Pomperaug shut out No. 14 Naugatuck 2-0 on November 14, earning a home tilt with No. 6 Guilford, which visits November 16 at 1 pm.


In Class M, No. 4 Weston (versus No. 12 Wolcott at 1 pm) and No. 7 Notre Dame (versus No. 18 Tolland at noon) earned home games on November 16. Weston had beaten No. 13 Woodland 3-1 and ND topped No. 10 Watertown 3-2 two days earlier.


On the boys' pitch, in Class L No. 12 Pomperaug and No. 15 Barlow were both knocked out on November 15. Class S school Immaculate advanced with a 2-0 quarterfinal-round win over No. 23 Old Lyme on November 15. The Mustangs will take on No. 3 Holy Cross in the November 19 semis.


Volleyball

On the volleyball courts, in Class M, No. 12 Weston beat No. 4 Law 3-0 in the November 15 quarterfinal and will take on top-seeded Seymour in the November 19 semis. In Class S, No. 10 Immaculate defeated No. 2 Aerospace 3-0 in the November 15 quarters, and will take on No. 3 Lyman Memorial in the November 19 semis. In Class LL No. 19 Newtown fell 3-0 at Westhill in the second round on November 14. In Class L, SWC finalist/ No. 6 Masuk and eight-time SWC champ/ No. 9 Barlow were also eliminated.


Field Hockey

In field hockey play, top-seeded Newtown was beaten 1-0 by No. 9 Norwalk in the Class L quarters on November 15. In Class M, No. 14 Bethel earned its second 1-0 win of the tourney, shutting out No. 11 Suffield on November 14, and earning a spot in the semis. The Wildcats will take on No. 7 Daniel Hand on November 19. No. 4 Pomperaug fell 2-0 to No. 5 Branford in the quarterfinals. In Class S, No. 3 Immaculate defeated No. 6 North West Catholic 5-2 in the November 14 quarters. Immaculate will take on No. 2 North Branford in the semis on November 19 or 20.



Gianna Fusaro (with the ball) and Claudia Moran (background) compete for Bethel this fall. The Wildcats advanced in the state playoffs.

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