NEW MILFORD — Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team overcame the wind, was even with the Green Wave through regulation and a pair of ten-minute overtime periods, but couldn’t pull through in the best-of-five round of penalty kicks to decide their October 26 playoff opener. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks lost 2-1 (4-1 in PKs) in their South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal round visit to No. 3 New Milford.
For much of its October 25 visit to top-seeded Lauralton Hall, it looked as if Newtown High School’s field hockey team was going to do something no other squad has managed to do this fall — defeat the Crusaders. The eighth-seeded Nighthawks, however, couldn’t hang onto a late 1-0 lead and fell 2-1 to the hosts in their South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal round clash on a chilly late afternoon.
As has been the case in most tilts this fall, Newtown High School’s football team piled on the points to build a big first-half lead before coasting to victory in its week seven game. The Nighthawks scored all of their points in the first two quarters and cruised to a 47-13 win over visiting Weston, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 25. Newtown improved to 7-0 and the Trojans fell to 3-4.
Members of Newtown High School’s field hockey team have certainly had an exciting week, and they will try to keep it going in the playoffs. The Nighthawks earned a berth in the South-West Conference Tournament, getting in as the eighth and final seed of the bracket, and capped off the regular season with a dramatic overtime win over Joel Barlow of Redding on Senior Night on October 22.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams competed in the South-West Conference championship meet on a warm-for-the-season October 17 afternoon. The Nighthawks and their SWC rivals ran the 5K race on the scenic trails behind Bethel High School and, after climbing the steep hill affectionately known as “The Beast,” came to the finish line on the school track.
Newtown High School’s football team has four games remaining before the scheduled SWC championship game on November 21. In three consecutive years, Newtown and Masuk of Monroe have carried the best conference records into that week and, thus, the championship game has been pushed back a week and annual Thanksgiving Eve clash between the foes has become the winner-takes-all game (and no game was played in the preceding week).
There’s nothing like a good start for any team to build momentum. In volleyball, a sport in which teams get fresh start after start with restarts after sometimes dozens of points in as many as five games in a match, momentum shifts occur numerous times. It all begins with the serve, and that first hit is serving Newtown High School’s girls’ spikers well this fall.
As the regular season gives way to the postseason, Newtown High School girls’ swimming and diving Coach Zach Gauvin couldn’t be more pleased with the direction in which his team is headed. The Nighthawks have been increasing yardage in practices, yet event times have been dropping in meets.
Not a whole lot — in terms of points — separates the fourth- through eighth-seeded teams in the upcoming South-West Conference tournament. And not much — in terms of head-to-head competition — differentiates the Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer squad from any of the top teams. The Nighthawks, however, will have to go on the road and pull off an upset of sorts to make it through the Saturday, October 26, quarterfinal round.
The Newtown High School boys’ soccer team faced off against Pomeraug of Southbury in a battle for second place in the South-West Conference, at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 17. The two teams got together for Newtown’s senior night in the last regular season home game for the Nighthawks. Newtown came out victorious, 2-0.