In control of their own destiny, but also down to the wire, members of the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team stepped up and locked up a South-West Conference playoff berth with a 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, under the lights at Sacred Heart University on October 20.
Newtown's Jake Lambert and Ben Mason, pictured tackling Ansonia's quarterback, were among the Nighthawks who shut down Ansonia's typically potent offense during Newtown's 14-8 win at Blue & Gold Stadium October 17. The Nighthawks halted Ansonia's winning streak at 48, which until Friday night, was one win shy of Cheshire's state record.
Jared Pearson rushes the ball during Newtown's win at Bethel on October 10. The Nighthawks look to keep rolling in what could be their toughest test of the regular season, a game with Ansonia at Blue & Gold Stadium on Friday, October 17. Ansonia is one win shy of Cheshire's state record of 49 consecutive wins. The game is scheduled to begin at 7.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team topped visiting Bunnell of Stratford, 96-74 on October 14. The Nighthawks cruised to first-place finishes early on in the meet before coasting to the triumph. Newtown improved to 8-1.
The Nighthawks jumped to the early lead as the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Meg Olszewski, Annika Fagerholm, Megan McDonald, and Amy Martinelli finished first in a time of 2:06.82.
The South-West Conference cross country championships, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 16, were rescheduled for Friday, October 17 because of the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The races will be held at the original location — Bethel High School — with the same start times of 3:30 pm for the girls’ varsity runners and 4 pm for the boys’ varsity runners. Junior varsity races will follow at 4:30 and 5 pm. Visit newtownbee.com and check out the October 24 print edition of The Bee for coverage.
In the last home game of the season, on October 14, the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team hosted the Stratford Red Devils and the teams finished in a 1-1 tie.
The game was an important one in terms of playoff race for both teams. Heading into the game, Newtown had 14 points in the South-West Conference standings and held the eighth and final playoff spot, and Stratford had 13 points and was two positions behind Newtown (Masuk of Monroe, also with 13 points, held the ninth spot by virtue of defeating second-place Weston).
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team continues to battle for a South-West Conference playoff spot. The Nighthawks sit in ninth place, just one point behind eighth place Pomperaug of Southbury, with two conference games remaining on the schedule. The top eight teams in the SWC will make it into the playoffs.
Newtown defeated host Stratford 4-0, a team with only one win in conference play, on October 14, to improve to 3-4-4 in conference play (4-4-5 overall).
Playing for more than a win, Newtown High School’s field hockey program held its Play 4 The Cure game to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research, at Blue and Gold Stadium when Joel Barlow of Redding visited on October 9.