MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Pomperaug won its final regular season girls’ soccer game, 5-0, last week, then started the SWC tournament with a win over Immaculate, 4-3, on penalty kicks.
Naomi Steitzel scored twice in the win over Stratford. Holly McFarland, Jess Rodriguez and Kate Johnson all added a single goal, while Maddie Mooney, Erina Ismaili, Sydney Lounsbury and Emma Broadwater each chipped in with an assist.
The Panthers played at home last Friday, against Immaculate, who had defeated them 1-0 during the regular season. It was another close game.
The Panthers took an early lead when Bethany Karp and Samantha Kipperman scored goals.
The Mustangs went ahead in the second half on three goals, but Kooney assisted Kipperman on a goal that was headed in and the game went to overtime.
The two overtime periods were scoreless and since a winner had to be decided, the two teams lined up for penalty kicks.
Rodriguez, Broadwater, Steitzel, Ismaili and Kipperman all put in their penalty attempts, and Ella Gallino and Kate Johnson finished it off by making one each.
Samantha Grayson made two saves and Sydney Weiss had five, including two in overtime and on penalty kicks, moving the Panthers into the next round against Newtown, who defeated Masuk, 2-1.
Pomperaug is 12-1-4 overall.