Masuk boys soccer fights for playoff spot

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Roger Fekete settled the ball in the middle of the field.

MONROE, CT — The scoring chances kept coming. Kasper Murzinski and Roger Fekete sent several long free kicks into the 18-yard box to help create chances. The ball simply wouldn’t go to the back of the net. In the end, Masuk High’s boys soccer team settled for a scoreless tie with visiting Newtown on Oct. 18.

“I think we outplayed them in terms of intensity,” said Masuk Coach Brendan Cavanaugh, whose players had a decisive advantage in 50-50 ball play. “We just could not finish tonight.”

Masuk goalkeeper Chris Simoulidis came up with a few key saves, including a late one from point blank range to preserve the double shutout.

The Panthers have games against Bethel and Joel Barlow remaining on the regular season slate and need to find a way to get into the win column to secure a South-West Conference playoff spot, Cavanaugh believes.

Masuk is 7-3-4 overall and 5-3-3 in the SWC, and among a few teams competing for a conference playoff spot. The Panthers host Bethel Thursday at 7 p.m. and visit Barlow Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30.

The Oct. 18 game was Senior Night and the team’s nine seniors were recognized.

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