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Girls' Soccer Team Keeps Winning

Published: October 04, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Faith O'Hara, right, battles a New Milford player for the ball. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Faith O'Hara, right, battles a New Milford player for the ball. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Carly Swierbut, right, defends. Swierbut had three goals against New Milford. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Carly Swierbut, right, defends. Swierbut had three goals against New Milford. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Newtown High School's girls' soccer team continued its unbeaten ways to begin the season with a 5-2 triumph over visiting New Milford, at Treadwell Park, on October 3. Newtown, which wore pick uniforms in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, improved to 8-0-1.

As dominant as the performance may look on paper, the Nighthawks actually struggled to put their opponents away. The Green Wave, in fact, scored first, early in regulation. Newtown didn't get on the scoreboard until late in the opening half, and the game was tied at halftime. After Newtown seized the lead early in the second half, The Wave hit the crossbar on a bid to again tie the score and continued to apply pressure on the Nighthawk defense.

The Nighthawks scored four times in the second half and built a 5-1 lead before New Milford got the final net-finder.

Carly Swierbut netted a hat-trick, Kaley Meisenheimer scored twice and had an assist, Sarah Houle assisted two goals, and Sydney Howard added an assist.

Although Coach Marc Kenney was pleased with his squad for piling up scoring chances, he said the Nighthawks should have put the game out of reach much earlier.

"The priority for us has to be finishing. I think ten minutes in it could have been two or three nothing," said Kenney, adding that strong goalkeeping by New Milford played a role, but added "we didn't help ourselves."

This young and mostly inexperienced team is off to a tremendous start and Kenney is encouraged by both the results and scoring opportunities the offense is generating.

"We're getting chances so that is a good thing," Kenney said.

"I think there's a lot of potential to be really good," said captain Grace Corcoran, adding, "there's always room for improvement with this group."

In a September 28 visit to Weston, Newtown settled for a 2-2 tie. Houle and Emma Curtis scored. Janyce Toth played in goal and had seven saves.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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