CHESHIRE — After an improbable run to a No. 7 seed in the Class L state tournament despite multiple injuries to key players, the Berlin girls soccer team’s stay in the tournament came to an unexpected end.
Due to the use of an ineligible player, the Redcoats were disqualified from the tournament and forced to forfeit their first-round win against No. 26 Joel Barlow, per the CIAC. Berlin had won the match on Tuesday in penalty kicks, but after Wednesday’s announcement, Joel Barlow will be moving on to the second round to face No. 23 Daniel Hand on Thursday.
Berlin head coach Alex Joslyn told The Herald he was unable to make a comment until a future time.
Per CIAC by-laws, “when it is discovered that a team has used an ineligible competitor in a CIAC team tournament, the tournament game/match shall be forfeited. The team using the ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament and that team’s last opponent will advance in its place. Teams eliminated prior to the last opponent will not be permitted to re-enter the tournament.”
Berlin’s season ends with an 11-4-1 record and had entered the tournament on a seven-game winning streak.