State tournament recap: Field hockey goes to OT, soccer and volleyball teams battle

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Ella Bunovsky sends the ball into play during state playoff action.

MONROE, CT — Each of Masuk High’s teams competing in state playoff action this week saw its strong season come to an end.

Despite dominating throughout much of the night, the No 2 field hockey team fell 1-0 in overtime to No. 7, visiting Wethersfield, in the Class M State Tournament’s quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Wethersfield scored on a breakaway with 50 seconds left in the first 10 minute overtime, ending the game. The field opened up with 7 on 7 play in OT and the Panthers had a great opportunity up a player due to a card against Wethersfield at the end of regulation. Masuk had an early overtime penalty corner chance and finished the game with a decisive 15-6 advantage in corners.

Masuk goaltender Val Vilca made a handful of saves and the Panthers’ defense fended off Wethersfield time and time again until that OT winner.

Molly Halliday, Ella Bunovsky, Izzy Viglione, Ellie DeGeorge, Amelia Logan and Emma Cusa were among the Panthers who applied tremendous pressure in the circle.

Soccer teams blanked

Both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams fell in the second round of Class L play. The No. 12 girls lost 1-0 at No. 5 Brookfield on Thursday. On the boys’ pitch, No. 20 Masuk lost 3-0 at No. 4 Guilford on Wednesday.

Volleyball

In Class L girls’ volleyball action, No. 18 Masuk lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) to No. 15 Fitch in the first round on Tuesday.

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