Area teams learn first round matchups for state tournament

Published on Friday, 8 November 2019 17:06
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

@ryanchichester1

The state tournament scheduling for fall sports was released on Friday morning, as qualified teams in the area learned their fates for each sport.

Here are how the area teams will be starting their march toward a state championship:

BOYS SOCCER

New Britain earned a No. 20 seed in Class LL after an 8-5-3 regular season, and will travel to No. 13 New Milford on Monday at 2 p.m. for a first round matchup. The two teams did not face each other in the regular season, but the Green Wave enter the tournament with an impressive 10-4-2 record on the year.

At the bottom of the LL bracket, No. 22 Newington is slated to face No. 11 Hamden on Monday at 4 p.m. at Hamden High School. The Indians, after finishing with an 8-6-2 regular season record, will face a Dragons squad that lost just three times all year. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

Over in Class M, No. 19 Plainville will begin its state title defense by traveling to No. 14 Aerospace, which enters the tournament fresh off a 10-win campaign. The Blue Devils, who didn’t face Aerospace this year, finished 9-6-1 on the year but won six of their last seven games to close the regular season.

GIRLS SOCCER

Southington will get the first round off after earning the top overall seed in the Class LL tournament, securing a bye with a 14-0-2 record. The Blue Knights will await the winner of No. 16 Wethersfield (10-6-0) and No. 17 Amity (8-5-3). Southington’s second round matchup will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. at home.

Newington (14-2-0) also earned a high seed for Class LL, coming in at No. 6 and will host No. 27 Hamden (5-7-4) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Dragons won just five games this year, and will have to face an Indians team that hasn’t allowed a goal in their last three games.

In Class L, Berlin (11-4-1) comes in as the No. 7 seed and earns a home contest against No. 26 Joel Barlow (4-6-6) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Barlow comes into the match winless in its last four contests, while the Redcoats closed the regular season on a seven-game winning streak.

Goodwin Tech, in its first season of existence, earned a state tournament spot and the No. 19 seed in Class M with a 9-7-0 record and will travel to face No. 14 Norwich Tech (9-5-2) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The two teams played each other twice this season and split the two games, with the Gladiators winning 4-3 at home and losing 5-1 on the road.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

New Britain, which will operate as the No. 17 seed after a 12-8 regular season, received a tough draw in Class LL and will face No. 16 Darien on Monday at 6 p.m., and should it advance, would take on No. 1 Greenwich (18-1) in the second round three days later. The Hurricanes will have to get through the Blue Wave first, who went 11-7 on the year and never faced New Britain.

A battle of locals will take place on Monday at 5:30 p.m., when No. 10 Newington will host No. 23 Southington. The Blue Knights, who reached the state final last year, come in at 9-9 and will try and upset an Indians team that won an impressive 15 games during the regular season, including a 3-0 sweep of Southington on Oct. 23.

Berlin is the lone local representative in Class M, and will travel to face No. 14 Wolcott on Monday at 6 p.m. The Redcoats (9-11) earned the No. 19 seed out of 23 teams and will face the Eagles for the first time this season.

In Class S, Goodwin Tech flew through the regular season with a 16-4 record and earns the No. 6 seed. The Gladiators will face No. 27 Vinal Tech on Monday at 5 p.m. The two teams played twice already this year, and Goodwin Tech claimed both by scores of 3-0 and 3-1.

Innovation enters the tournament as the No. 21 seed and will travel to No. 12 St. Paul on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The Ravens ended the regular season at 10-9, and just played the Falcons on Oct. 29, losing 3-0 on the road.

FIELD HOCKEY

Southington will have to play its way into the first sound of the Class L state tournament, traveling to No. 13 New Milford for a qualifying round matchup on Monday at 4:30 p.m. The Blue Knights went 6-8-2 on the year and will be facing New Milford for the first time this season.

Ryan Chichester can be reached at (860) 801-5094 or rchichester@newbritainherald.com



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