Masuk’s football team posts victories

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Masuk High’s men’s football team followed a 3-1 setback when visiting New Fairfield on October 12 with a pair of 2-1 road wins, edging out Brookfield on October 14 and beating New Milford two more days late.

Against New Fairfield, Masuk opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Jonah Lesiw played a nice ball to Alex Marciano for the finish. Masuk started the second half by giving up an early goal. With about 10 minutes to go, New Fairfield scored again with a superb shot that passed Masuk goalkeeper Christopher Simoulidis.

Masuk’s Riley O’Donnell breaks out of the field in a game against Newtown High School.

Trailing 2-1, Masuk pushed the numbers forward in an attempt to level things up and allowed a third goal in the dying minutes.

“Credit to New Fairfield for not stopping. I felt my guys got too comfortable and were overworked in the second half, ”said Masuk coach Brendan Cavanaugh.

Against Brookfield, Marciano crossed the ball into the box for forward Jasper Pike who scored the first goal. In the second half, Masuk allowed a first goal to equalize.

With around 12 minutes to go, senior captain Jonah Lesiw took a strike and beat the keeper on a direct kick from around 35 yards. Masuk survived the remaining 10 minutes of the game with excellent defense led by senior captains Carter McCoy and Anthony Foglia’s full back line, sophomore Tristan Pike and junior Riley O’Donnell, Cavanaugh said.

In the win over New Milford, Masuk dominated the first half, but was limited to a goal from Jasper Pike and helped by Lesiw on a corner kick.

Masuk’s Jonah Lesiw prepares to kick the ball in a game against Newtown.

In the second half, New Milford came out with a lot of energy and scored with 10 minutes remaining. With 1:30 to go, Masuk secured the winner when Kasper Murzinski was assisted by Roger Fekete on a corner kick. Masuk finished with 11 corners and 10 shots on goal.

The Panthers were only shut out for the second time this fall in a 3-0 loss to Newtown on October 19. That left Masuk, Newtown and Brookfield tied at three for fourth in the SWC at the end of the season. Each of these teams is 6-3-2 in conference play.

After visiting Bethel at 4 p.m. on October 21, the Panthers end the regular list with a game against Barlow on Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m.

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