Four local soccer teams remain in the State Tourney hunt.....
Tara Shakley of Litchfield (left) battles Coventry's Raquel Pouliot during first half action at Plum Hill in Litchfield. The Cowboys moved on with a 2-1 win and will be back at home on Wednesday when they face Morgan at 2 p.m.
As the calendar rounds towards Thanksgiving, the 2012 soccer campaign is coming drawing to a close.
Four local teams are still alive on the pitch as we enter quarterfinal action later Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the boys side, one lone local team, the Lewis Mills boys squad, travels to Danbury at 2 p.m. on Tuesday looking to get themselves into the semi-finals.
Standing in their way are the fourth seeded Abbott Tech Wolverines who posted a 15-1-0 record this year and are the real deal.
The Spartans bring with them a 15-2 mark and are ranked fifth in Class S.
Three girls teams remain in the hunt, including one who made an appearance in the finals a year ago and takes on the Cinderella of the states so far on Wednesday at home.
The #23 ranked Morgan Huskies have been upset specialists so far with wins over East Hampton (# 10) by a 1-0 score and Capital Prep (#7), a 2-1 double overtime thriller in the second round of Class S action.
The Litchfield Cowboys, who lost to Immaculate a year ago in the finals at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury on a day that saw both the boys and girls from Litchfield play for a State title, moved on in second round play with a 2-1 win over Coventry.
Three teams battled for the top spot in the Berkshire League this fall. Litchfield, Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug took turns beating up on each other and are battled tested as the post season continues.
The #4 ranked Spartans (15-1-1) will be at home on Wednesday to play the # 12 Ellington Purple Knights (12-3-3) who beat # 21 Wolcott (4-0) and upset # 5 Tolland by a 2-1 score on penalty kicks in their Class M second round game.
Nonnewaug draws the toughest assignment of all the locals as they tackle the top seed in Class M, Northwest Catholic who come in with a 16-0-1 mark in 2012.
Don’t expect the Chief’s to be intimidated though, their 14-3-1 mark was earned this season and Nonnewaug has played tough teams well over the years.
By Thanksgiving weekend, weather not withstanding, the 2012 State Tournament champions will be crowned.
Four locals remain standing, will any hoist a trophy?