MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The number-one seeded Pomperaug girls’ soccer team lost 2-1 to Newtown last week in the semi-finals of the SWC North playoffs.
The Panthers played without most of their regular starters, who were in quarantine because of exposure to Covid-19. Head Coach Jillian Cipriano Menzies also was not at the game.
One of three varsity players who were able to play was Sam Kipperman, the Panthers’ leading scorer. Also able to play were Alex Dagan and Sydney Lounsbury.
Kipperman gave Pomperaug a 1-0 lead when she scored in the first half with her ninth goal of the season.
The Nighthawks rallied and tied the score at 1-1 when they got a goal from Riley Powers.
The game came down to five penalty kick attempts by each team. The Nighthawks made four of their five attempts, while the Panthers made just one, so officially the game went into the books as a 2-1 win for the visitors from Newtown.
Pomperaug’s goalkeeper was freshman Teigan Robie, who was the JV goalie during the regular season. Robie played well and made six saves.
The Newtown goaltender was Ally Bailey and she was kept busy, making 23 saves.
The loss was the first of the season for Pomperaug, which did have a pair of tie games against Newtown and Immaculate earlier in the season.
Pomperaug played two games in the North Division of the SWC boys’ soccer tournament last week. The Panthers won the first, but were defeated in the second.
The Panthers got great defense as they won their quarter-final game, 1-0, over Bethel.
Goalkeeper Graylen Wilson posted the shutout with seven saves and he had plenty of help from the defensive players in front of him.
The only goal of the contest came with six minutes left in regulation as Sean Murphy scoredoff an assist from Jaden Hozer.
On Thursday, the Panthers lost 3-1 in the semi-finals to the team from New Milford.
The loss dropped Pomperaug to 4-6-4 for the season.