CIAC boys soccer tournament first round had hat tricks, upsets and more

A Football Lying In The Garden

A Football Lying In The Garden

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The first round of the CIAC boys soccer tournaments concluded Monday. Here’s a look at what you should know:

Defending champion out

There will be a new champion in Class LL as defending champion No. 17 Farmington lost on the road at No. 16 Greenwich 2-1 (4-0 PKs). Greenwich will now face No. 1 Trumbull in a rematch of an FCIAC game won 2-0 by Trumbull on Sept. 22.

Quick strike

While there is no record kept on fastest goal scored, No. 6 Canton scoring 20 seconds into the game against No. 27 Stafford, has to be among the quickest strikes in state tournament history. Canton scored three times in the first 12 minutes en route to an 8-1 win.

Seeded upsets

Two teams seeded in the 20s will meet in the second round of Class LL after No. 26 McMahon beat No. 7 Newtown 5-1 and No. 22 Warde upended East Hartford 3-0. They were the only seeded upsets in LL.

Unlike Class LL, Class L saw plenty of seeded upsets: No. 18 RHAM defeated No. 15 Ellis Tech 4-0; No. 17 Avon beat No. 16 Ledyard 5-3; No. 20 Masuk defeated No. 13 Brookfield 3-1; No. 21 Hand beat No. 12 Bassick 4-1 and No. 19 Torrington beat No. 14 Kaynor Tech.

In Class M, No. 17 Granby beat No. 16 Woodland 2-1 in double overtime; No. 20 Watertown beat No. 13 Norwich Tech 2-0; No. 28 Killingly beat No. 5 Weaver 2-0.  Class M also had the lowest seed advancing in No. 30 Lewis Mills, which had to win a qualifying game Saturday over New Fairfield, knocking off No. 3 Bulkeley 4-1 to advance to face No. 14 Cromwell in the second round.

Class S saw No. 17 Immaculate get by No. 16 Classical, earning a shot at No. 1 seeded and unbeaten Oxford in the second round.

Also in S, No. 26 Notre Dame-Fairfield beat No. 7 Shepaug 3-0; No. 19 Thomaston defeated No. 14 Montville and No. 18 Old Lyme beat No. 15 St. Paul 3-0.

Top performers

Sam Sandler, Hall: Sandler scored on a free kick from 25 yards out and dished out an assist as No. 2 Hall beat No. 31 Ridgefield 2-0.

Marshall Butler, Middletown: Butler had a hat trick as Middletown beat Bristol Central 4-2 in 2OT.

Trevor Moretti, Avon: Moretti tallied a hat trick as No. No. 17 Avon defeated No. 16 Ledyard 5-3.

Aleks Swider, Lewis Mills: Swider scored all four goals, including converting a penalty kick and scoring on a free kick in a 4-1 upset by No. 30 Lewis Mills over No. 3 Bulkeley.

Louis Hawkins, NFA: Hawkins had a hat trick as No. 14 NFA beat No. 19 New Canaan 4-2.

London Abbott, Canton: In Canton’s 8-1 win over Stafford, Abbott led the way with three goals and an assist.

Jonathan Gutierrez, Morgan: The freshman scored three goals and added two assists in Morgan’s win over O’Brien Tech.

Dante Ricci, Bacon Academy: Ricci scored two first-half goals as No. 6 Bacon beat No. 27 Northwestern 5-0.

Conference breakdown

In Class LL, the FCIAC began the day with 12 teams and none played each other in the first round.

Of those 12, seven advanced and at least two will reach the quarterfinals as McMahon will meet Warde and Trumbull will host Greenwich in the second round.

The CCC began with nine and five of those teams advanced, including No. 9 Newington which beat No. 24 Maloney from the CCC 2-0.

Of the SCC’s five Class LL entrants, three made it to the second round.

The only team outside of the FCIAC, CCC or SCC to advance in Class LL was No. 14 NFA of the ECC, which beat No. 19 New Canaan.

In Class L, five SCC teams, four CCC teams, three SWC teams, two from the CTC and one each from the ECC and NVL advanced.

In M, four ECC, three CCC, three NCCC, two Shoreline, two NVL, one SWC and one Berkshire remain.

In Class S, the NCCC has four teams, the Berkshire League and Shoreline have three teams, the CRAL and the SWC two and the ECC and NVL one each.