I’ve been writing a lot about the Shoreline Conference and how dominant they are during tournament season, so here is my quick recap of championship Saturday.
Morgan won the girls Class S volleyball championship for the 19th time in school history and first since 2005.
The Huskies thoroughly dominated the Shoreline Conference and state tournament sweeping 18 of 20 matches in the regular season and three of four in the state tournament, including the championship match against Lyman Memorial.
Cromwell won the boys Class S soccer championship for the sixth time and first since 2009.
The Panthers were a strong team all year and only got stronger through the state tournament. A 4-2 (OT) victory over top-seeded Old Saybrook on October 15 was a statement game for Cromwell. They ended up losing the eventually conference championship game to Old Saybrook, but defeated them again when it really mattered, 1-0 in the Class S semifinals. Cromwell dominated the championship game 3-0 over Bolton, finishing a great season and another state title for the Panthers.
Portland and Old Saybrook played to a 0-0 (OT) draw in the Class S girls soccer championship game; named co-state champions.
Portland was the team to beat coming into this season and proved it all year. They didn’t go undefeated or anything like that, but they played their brand of soccer in the tough Shoreline Conference. Old Saybrook finished the regular season in the middle of the pack, but their goal keeper, Mia Neas, one that everyone has been talking about, powered the Rams to a shared state title. The senior did not allow a goal in the state tourney.
I don’t like the fact that co-state champions can be named and I’m sure the players have mixed reactions on this, but why have penalty kicks decide the rest of the tournament games, but no the biggest one of the year? Maybe that’s why, because it’s such an important game. Professional soccer ends championship games with PK’s, I just don’t understand why title games in soccer are allowed to end in a tie.
Time to move indoors, it’s time for hoops!