MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug field hockey team wrapped up its season last week, losing to Class L favorites Guilford in the semi-final round of the state tournament.
The Panthers had a successful season, finishing with a 14-3-0-2. The fourth-seeded team beat Simsbury 2-1 in overtime in the quarter-final round and defeated Bethel 2-0 in the first round.
It was Pomperaug’s first appearance in the state semifinals since 2010. That year, they advanced to the state finals and were declared co-champions with Glasonbury after tying 1-1.
In the semifinals against first-seeded Guilford, the Panthers had to contend with Maddie Epke, a All State player who controls all aspects of the game.
In the end, Pomperaug played well against a top level team, but fell 6-0.
Junior goalie Katie O’Leary made a valiant effort to keep her team in the game, making 14 saves.
Other key players, sophomore Kali Barbarisi, sophomore Gabriella Donofrio, sophomore Ava Amara and junior Samantha Leonard all gained valuable tournament experience for next year.
It was the final game in a Pomperaug uniform for seniors Skye Nagashima, Ella Generali, Ava Messina and Lilyann Steenburgh.
In the overtime win over Simsbury, Barbarisi scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Messina scored in regulation.
O’Leary made four saves.