Much like Mitt Romney this Election Day, for Waterford’s two soccer programs, it was close but not quite victory. But unlike Romney, both programs get the one thing this country is famous for, a second chance.
Tuesday night, the Waterford girls’ soccer team lost to undefeated East Lyme, 2-1, in the ECC Championship game. East Lyme (16-0-2) nailed a game-winning goal with one minute remaining in overtime to take the title over the Lancers (13-3-3), according to The Bulletin.
The boys’ team suffered an equally tough defeat in the ECC semi-finals. The Lancers (12-4-1) lost to Montville (16-1) in penalty kicks, 5-4, after the teams were tied 1-1 after overtime, according to The Bulletin.
Still, the season is not over for either squad, as both advanced to the state tournament. The girls’ team is ranked 11th in the Class M state tournament and will play 22nd-seeded Griswold (6-5-5) in the first round on Friday night. The boys’ team earned a fifth-seed in the Class L state tournament, which gave them a bye in the first round, and will take on the winner between 12th-seeded RHAM (9-3-4) and 21st-seeded Woodstock (7-8-1) on Saturday afternoon in Waterford.
Field Hockey, Football
Meanwhile, the Waterford field hockey team begins its state tournament Thursday night against fourth-seeded Haddam-Killingworth (13-2-1-0). The Waterford team finished the season with a record of 8-4-1-3, and earned the 13th seed in the Class S state tournament.
In the world of high school football, Waterford defeated St. Bernard’s on Friday, Oct. 26 by a score of 41-7, but then lost to Windham, 21-15. The team is 3-5 and will finish its season with games against NFA on Saturday and East Lyme on Thanksgiving.