Tenacious Brookfield defeats Weston for SWC girls soccer crown behind Rylee McGee’s two goals

Brookfield celebrates its first SWC girls soccer championship after a 3-0 win over Weston at Blue and Gold Stadium in Newtown, Conn., on Nov. 4, 2021.

Brookfield celebrates its first SWC girls soccer championship after a 3-0 win over Weston at Blue and Gold Stadium in Newtown, Conn., on Nov. 4, 2021.

Michael Fornabaio / Hearst Connecticut Media

NEWTOWN — The three early corner kicks showed Brookfield’s girls soccer team meant business Thursday night in the SWC championship game. The way the Bobcats put Weston on its heels quickly at Newtown’s Blue and Gold Stadium made it clear this was Brookfield’s night.

The way the Trojans barely had the ball in the first half? It put Brookfield well on the way to its first girls soccer conference title in 40 years.

“Defensively we were just trying to keep composure, not letting them past us,” said sophomore Rylee McGee, who scored twice, seemed to be everywhere on the field and was named the game’s MVP. “We were just trying to get it up the field.”

Brookfield’s success rate on those attempts was, let’s just say, pretty high.

Weston (13-2-4), the second seed, rarely had the ball near the goal of the fifth-seeded Bobcats (14-4-1).

When the Trojans, unanimous No. 1 in the CSCA Class M/S poll, did get into the box, there was a defender there to block their shot attempts. And Hannah Balzi made three saves in the second half to keep Weston from a whiff of getting back in it.

“The girls came out really well today. All the hard work they put in all season came out to show, especially in the first half,” first-year Brookfield coach Barry O’Reilly said. “The intensity was there. The girls have showed up big when it’s come to the playoffs.”

Brookfield had only been to two SWC finals in 1999 and 2001, the era of star goalie Erika Bohn, but the Bobcats fell to Masuk and Barlow in those championship games.

“It feels amazing. We haven’t been in this situation for 20 years,” McGee said, “and no one from Brookfield has ever won it.”

The school’s last girls soccer conference championship was in the old Western Connecticut Conference in 1981.

Whoever won Thursday was winning its first SWC title. Weston won the South Division championship game last season, in which teams played a limited schedule for division championships as high school sports resumed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trojans hadn’t been to a full-fledged SWC final since 1995, the year the league began, when they lost to Immaculate.

Weston had been 12-0-4 in the previous 16 games with five total goals against. Its only loss had been to St. Joseph, unanimous No. 1 in the Class LL/L poll.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in Brookfield on Oct. 5.

“We played them early in the season, and we played really well. We had a back-and-forth game,” Weston coach Gustavo Reaes said. “We were expecting the same.

“They started so strong. They had three corner kicks in the first three minutes of the game. I have a strong group. I tried to make some adjustments. Everything we threw at them, they responded.”

Weston goalkeeper Shea Greene kept the Trojans in it, making three diving stops in the first half. The connection between classmates Stephanie Quiroz and McGee kept pressure on Weston.

“We’ve played together for a really long time, since we were little,” McGee said of her connection with Quiroz. “We know where each other are. It’s fun to play with her.”

Ruby Casey opened the scoring on a left-side free kick 21:08 in. McGee scored seven minutes later, then scored just under the crossbar and over Greene’s outstretched fingers with 27 minutes left to finish it off.


Sophomore Rylee McGee scored twice for Brookfield.


The official pairings for the CIAC tournaments come out Friday. Both teams will be high seeds, Weston in Class M, Brookfield in Class L.

“This is our first loss to a conference opponent. It’s going to hurt for the seniors because it’s our last (SWC) game, but we made it here for the first time in 26 years,” Reaes said.

“Hopefully we learned some lessons. If we work hard and do the right things, we can do a great run in states this year and then maybe come back next year, because we also have young talented players coming back. I know they’re young too. Hopefully we have a chance to have a rematch next year. But it doesn’t always work like that.”


“Rylee is a very special player. Every day in practice, every game, she does something crazy, unbelievable. Her attitude, her work rate, coachability: She’s such a special kid. She showed up and played extremely hard from the first minute to the last minute. I’m very proud of her and everyone else on the team.”

—Brookfield coach Barry O’Reilly

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WESTON 0 0—0

Records: Brookfield 14-4-1; Weston 13-2-4. Goals: B—Rylee McGee 2, Ruby Casey. Assists: B—Catherine Sollose, Stephanie Quiroz. Goalies: B—Hannah Balzi (4 saves); W—Shea Greene (8). Shots: B—13; W—8