Boys soccer:Losses end playoff chances

Weston High’s Jordan Ellis-Sayegh heads the ball as New Fairfield’s Jason Melillo looks on during a boys varsity soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13. Weston lost 1-0.—Vivian Simons photo

As far as the post-season is concerned, there is good news and bad news for the Weston High boys varsity soccer team.

The good news is the Trojans have already qualified for a spot in the state Class M tournament. The bad news is they will miss qualifying for the South-West Conference playoffs.

Two key losses in the span of three days would end their chances. Hosting New Fairfield on Saturday, Oct. 13, the Trojans dominated play but had little to show for it. In the end New Fairfield would score the lone goal for a 1-0 win.

Such marked the fifth time Weston has been shut out this season.

It was a must-win game for the Trojans when they traveled to Brookfield on Monday. Both sides battled for much of the way under periods of rain until the Bobcats struck repeatedly later on for a 3-1 win.

While Weston did not have as many scoring chances as its opponent in the first half it came close with less than a minute to go. A header by Bryan Lonergan veered wide left of the goal and the two sides went into halftime times at 0-0.

The rain fell harder in the second half and with 26:27 left the Bobcats scored. A diving save by Weston goalie Ryan Major deflected the initial shot but the Bobcats got to the rebound before the defense could clear it in time, sending into the net for the lead.

Before the game was done Brookfield found the net two more times. Weston did avoid the shutout, courtesy of a goal by Marca’l Beaudry with nine minutes to go. Rein Diaz got the assist.

Brookfield out-shot Weston 8-4. Major made five saves.

Weston had a good opportunity for victory last Thursday, Oct. 11, when it visited New Milford. The Green Wave would answer the threat in time to for a 1-1 tie.

Just 10 minutes into the game Oliver Parker put the Trojans up with Lonergan assisting. The lead was short-lived, as John Tower evened things up at the 22-minute mark with Blaine McMahon getting the assist and it stayed deadlocked the rest of the way.

New Milford had the better of possession with 14 shots to Weston’s five. Major made 10 saves for Weston, now 4-5-4 overall. It hosts Kolbe-Cathedral today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. and is at Oxford on Monday at 4:30 in the final game of the regular season.

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