Athlete of the Week: Suffield’s Champagne

Though the Suffield Wildcats fell in the Class LL state championship, vying for a girls soccer crown, it was a successful season for the historic program.

Making it’s first appearance in the Class LL tournament, the team battle back to make things interesting on a Brittany Champagne goal as the second half ticked down.

Her score put the Wildcats down 2-1 and within striking distance of a comeback.

“Once we went up to LL nobody thought we would be here other than ourselves,” Suffield head coach Dave Sullivan said, referencing the continual success of the formerly Class M squad that had it ‘promoted’ to Class LL.

But the Wildcats deserved to be there, and they nearly completed a comeback victory when Champagne tripped, got back up while maintaing possession of the ball, and booted it into the back of the net for Suffield’s first goal of the championship game.

Down 2-1, the Wildcats finally looked like themselves after a dismal first half, a half that saw St. Joseph’s outshoot them 6-2.

But the comeback wasn’t to be, as the clock turned into Suffield’s biggest enemy.

“Once we settled down, in the second half the last 25 minutes, that’s Suffield soccer,” Sullivan, who was attempting to earn the girls their 10th title, said. “I told them at halftime ‘if you keep playing like that you will be upset no matter what the outcome. If you come out and play Suffield soccer you can hold your head up and play.’”

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