State tournament pairings set for Bunnell soccer teams, Stratford volleyball

STRATFORD—The state tournament fields have been set for the town’s high school sports teams that qualified for postseason play.

The Bunnell boys and girls soccer team and Stratford High volleyball team all qualified for state tourney play this season.

Here’s a rundown of each game:

BOYS SOCCER

The Bunnell boys soccer team turned its 8-4-4 record into a 16th-seed, which gives the Bulldogs a home game for its Class L first-round game.

Bunnell (8-5-4 overall) will host 17th-seeded Torrington (9-6-1) on Monday at 4 p.m.

Torrington opened the season by scoring 10 goals in a single game and ended things a four-game regular-season winning streak.

The Tornadoes have been shutout in five of its six losses, however.

The winner earns the right to take on top-seeded Bristol Eastern (14-0-2) in the next round.

GIRLS SOCCER

The Bunnell girls soccer team (6-9) grabbed the 28th and final seed for postseason play and will travel to fifth-seeded Mercy for a first-round game on Monday at 4 p.m. at Xavier High School.

Mercy is 11-2-3 this season

The Tigers haven’t won a game since Oct. 23 as they ended the regular season with two ties.

Bunnell, meanwhile, won three of its last five games to clinch a spot in the postseason.

The winner of this game advances to face the winner of the No. 12 Woodstock (10-5-1) vs. No. 21 East Haven (7-6-3) game in the second round.

VOLLEYBALL

The 18th-seeded Stratford Red Devils volleyball team (11-9) will travel to 15th-seeded East Lyme (12-7) for a first-round Class L matchup on Monday at 6 p.m.

Stratford has only won two of its last six (plus an SWC playoff loss) heading into postseason play while the Vikings have won five of their last six to qualify.

The winner of this game gets the right to play second-seeded Avon (17-1).

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