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New England Roundup: Connecticut

11/28/2011

Until this year, the Glastonbury High School girls' soccer program had always lacked a finishing kick.

ConnecticutGlastonbury had reached the Class LL championship game six times since 1983, and came away second best each time. That all changed when top-seeded Glastonbury defeated 18th-seeded Trumbull 2-1 Friday to win this year's Class LL title.

“I was doing this for all the [Glastonbury] girls who have been here before us,” Glastonbury senior midfielder Liz Otto said. “I'm just so excited we finally got it done.”

Otto gave Glastonbury a 1-0 lead when she headed Kayla Orozco's corner kick into the Trumbull goal with 19:45 to play. The Tomahawks doubled their lead when junior Kristen Dragotta scored with 2:41 left.

Trumbull made things interesting by scoring with 2:23 to play, but the Tomahawks hung on to finish the season with a 17-0-2 record.

In last weekend's other girls soccer championship games No. 2 Avon defeated No. 8 Farmington 2-1 to win the Class L title; No. 1 Northwest Catholic beat No. 2 Granby Memorial 4-0 in the Class M championship game; and No. 5 Immaculate defeated No. 7 Litchfield 3-0 to win the Class S title.

POMPERAUG PREVAILS

The top-seeded Pomperaug boys soccer team scored a goal early in each half and posted a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Trumbull in the Class LL championship game Friday night.

Pomperaug's Taylor Ellsworth scored 4:21 into the game, and Michael Burke doubled the lead when he scored 2:14 into the second half. Trumbull's goal came on Anthony Texiera's penalty kick with 19:36 remaining.

Pomperaug completed its season with a 21-1-1 record.

In last weekend's other championship games No. 4 Bunnell beat No. 7 Avon 3-0 to win the Class L title; No. 3 Suffield recorded its 18th shutout of the season and claimed the Class M title by beating No. 17 Granby Memorial 4-0; and No. 4 Somers won the Class S championship with a 7-1 triumph over No. 14 Litchfield.

FOOTBALL TEAMS SEEKING TITLES

Schedule for the CIAC football playoffs:

CLASS LL QUARTERFINALS (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)

No. 1 Xavier (10-0) vs. No. 8 Glastonbury (8-2) at Palmer Field, Middletown

No. 5 Norwalk (8-1) at No. 4 Conard (9-1)

No. 2 Staples (9-0) vs. No. 7 Ridgefield (8-2) at Wilton

No. 6 Newtown (8-2) at No. 3 Hall (9-1)

SEMIFINALS (Dec. 3)

Glastonbury/Xavier winner vs. Norwalk/Conard winner

Ridgefield/Staples winner vs. Newtown/Hall winner

CLASS L QUARTERFINALS (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)

No. 8 Notre Dame-West Haven (8-2) at No. 1 Windsor (10-0)

No. 5 New Canaan (9-1) at No. 4 New London (9-1)

No. 2 Daniel Hand (10-0) vs. No. 7 Coventry-Windham Tech (9-1) at Surf Club, Madison

No. 6 North Haven (9-1) vs. No. 3 Masuk (10-0) at Trumbull

SEMIFINALS (Dec. 3)

Notre Dame-West Haven/Windsor winner vs. New Canaan/New London winner

Coventry-Windham Tech/Daniel Hand winner vs. North Haven/Masuk winner

CLASS M QUARTERFINALS (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)

No. 1 Ansonia (10-0) vs. No. 8 Bethel (7-3) at Nolan Field, Ansonia

No. 4 Berlin (9-1) vs. No. 5 Cheney Tech (9-1) at Sage Park, Berlin

No. 7 Wolcott (7-3) at No. 2 Ellington/Somers (10-0)

No. 6 Waterford (7-3) at No. 3 Ledyard (9-1)

SEMIFINALS (Dec. 3)

Bethel/Ansonia winner vs. Cheney Tech/Berlin winner

Wolcott/Ellington/Somers winner vs. Waterford/Ledyard winner

CLASS S QUARTERFINALS (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)

No. 1 Capital Prep-Classical Magnet (10-0) vs. No. 8 Cromwell (8-2) at Dillon Stadium, Hartford

No. 5 Northwest Catholic (8-2) at No. 4 North Branford (9-1)

No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth (8-2) at No. 2 Holy Cross (9-1)

No. 3 Valley Regional-Old Lyme (9-1) vs. No. 6 Rocky Hill (8-2) at Valley Regional

SEMIFINALS (Dec. 3)

Cromwell-Capital Prep/Classical Magnet winner vs. Northwest Catholic/North Branford winner Haddam-Killingworth/Holy Cross winner vs. Rocky Hill/Valley Regional-Old Lyme winner

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:

Dec. 9-10, Rentschler Field, East Hartford

ROG REMAINS IN THE RUNNING

Fairfield Prep senior Connor Rog was the top Connecticut runner at the Foot Locker Northeastern Regional Championship at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island on Saturday.

Rog, who won Connecticut's Class LL and State Open championships, finished ninth in the 5,000-meter race. His time was 16 minutes, 3 seconds.

Rog's performance earned him an invitation to the national championship, which will be run at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 10. The top 10 finishers in each of the four regional races across the country advanced to the national championship.

Edward Cheserek of Newark, N.J., won the race in 15:20.

Groton's Brady Leclair was the top Connecticut finisher in the girls race. She placed 36th in 19:57.

Angel Piccirillo of Homer City, Pa., won the girls race in 18:01.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.