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Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team fell 2-1 to Immaculate of Danbury in the South-West Conference tournament championship game, on the turf at New Milford High, on November 2.
The second-seeded Nighthawks scored first, when Emma Curtis put home a rebound of Sarah Houle’s scoring bid, just 8:36 into the contest. The top-seeded Mustangs answered only 1:57 later, when a boot into the box by Nicolette Stocks from 40-plus yards out got over the head of Newtown goal keeper Julianna Stavola and bounced into the open goal.
Things remained tied, the play pretty much even as the ball spent much of the evening in the middle third of the field, throughout the remainder of the first half and most of the second half.
Newtown created a few more scoring opportunities than Immaculate. Carly Swierbut used her speed to beat a defender to the ball and play a deflection off the Immaculate defender for a corner kick with 13:45 left in regulation. Houle’s corner was headed just wide by Grace Corcoran.
Kaley Meisenheimer had a run up the middle that was thwarted, and Houle, Corcoran, and Emma Curtis all created some chances.
Finally, with 9:41 left to play, Immaculate’ s Kayla Mingachos broke the tie, although there was some question on the part of the Nighthawks and their fans as to whether or not the ball fully crossed the line. Immaculate’s celebration stopped momentarily until the official signaled that the ball went in.
The Nighthawks kept battling but could not break through for a clean shot on goal in the final minutes.
“I think we fought hard. I’m proud of them; I think we played hard,” Newtown Coach Marc Kenney said.
The Hawks will get back to action in the state tournament.