St. Paul girls soccer reaches state quarters for fourth time in program history

The St. Paul girls soccer team seems to be getting used to taking big strides this season.
The Falcons posted the most regular season wins in program history, and they are still playing in the state tournament after today.
No. 12 St. Paul, led by head coach Jim Husbands, made the trip to Falls Village and took down No. 5 Housatonic 4-2 in a Class S second round match. With the win, the Falcons reach the quarterfinal round of the state tournament for the fourth time ever. St. Paul also played in the quarterfinal round in 1985, 1986 and 2009, according to athletic director Dave Dennehy. (I had reported earlier that it was the first quarterfinal appearance. My mistake.)
Housatonic has been a strong team in recent years in Class S. The Mountaineers were the state runner-up in 2014 and they lost to Holy Cross on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round last year.
Even better for St. Paul, No. 13 Old Saybrook pulled a 1-0 upset of No. 4 St. Bernard of Montville. What that means for the Falcons is they will host their quarterfinal on Friday. The match start time is listed as 2 p.m. The St. Paul football team has a home game at 6 o’clock the same day.
For the second time in four years, St. Paul claimed a Class S state tournament win over Hosuatonic. This time, the victory put the Falcons into the quarterfinal round..