Girls soccer: Falcons advance in Class L

Joel Barlow High’s Brady Sezon had an assist in the second round of the state Class L girls soccer tournament on Monday. Barlow defeated Branford 3-1.—Scott Mullin photo

Coming off a loss to Immaculate in the South-West Conference semifinals, the Joel Barlow High girls soccer team came out fired up to turn things around in the start of the state Class L tournament last week.

Seeded seventh, the Falcons wasted no time in getting started when they hosted 26th-seeded Jonathan L

aw in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Falcons scored early and often for a 6-1 win.

Not long into the first half, senior captain Bea Blackwell got the scoring started with a shot that went straight into the top corner from outside the 18-yard box for a goal. Then senior captain Kathleen Debellis added a goal of her own, assisted by Blackwell

The duo of Blackwell and Debellis struck once more with the former scoring again, rebounding the latter’s initial blocked shot, putting the Falcons up 3-0 at the half.

Law put the Falcon’s on their toes as it scored on a set play. After a shaky second half start, Barlow continued to add to its lead when sophomore Hannah Brozdowski found the net on a volley and again only a few minutes later, this time assisted by freshman Grace Blackwell.

The last goal was scored by freshman Brett Matzke, assisted by junior Kirsty Moir.

On Monday the team took on the 10th seed, Branford, hoping to come away with another win and earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Knowing what was at stake, the Falcons got right to business.

Early on in the first half, Debellis put her team up 1-0 with a goal assisted by junior Brady Sezon. The first half looked like it would remain 1-0 until the last 30 seconds when Branford was able to sneak one by the defense off a corner kick to tie the game.

Both teams came out fired up for the second half. More than half way through, junior Kelly Mahoney played a perfect through ball into the box for Grace Blackwell to run onto to score to put the Falcons ahead.

Later in the half, junior Alejandra Avila sealed Barlow’s victory with a long-range shot, also assisted by Mahoney.

Should Barlow defeat second-seeded Avon in the quarterfinals this week it will play the winner of the RHAM-Pomperaug game in the semifinals on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

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