WATERBURY, Nov. 18 – Four times, the Berlin High girls soccer team beat a higher seed to advance in the Class M tournament. In the semifinals, the No. 20 Redcoats upset No. 1 seed Lewis Mills on penalty kicks, 3-1.
But in the championship game, No. 2 Granby scored with 26.9 seconds left in the first half and added a pair of second half goals to win their sixth state championship and the first since 2001 with a 3-0 victory over Berlin at Municipal Stadium.
Samantha St. Pierre had two goals to lead the Bears (19-1) to the title.
It was the only title of the day for the Bears, who had three teams in the semifinals. The boys soccer team lost in the Class M semifinals to NCCC rival Suffield, 4-1. The girls field hockey team earned a spot in the Class S championship game for the 21st time.
The No. 2 Bears took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half but top-ranked North Branford (21-0-1) scored a pair of second half goals including the game-winning goal with 17:02 remaining to win their fourth state championship and their first since 2006 with a 2-1 decision.