No. 19 Danbury beats No. 14 Newtown on two goals by Magalhaes in Class LL boys soccer first round

Danbury’s Jefferson Magalhaes.

Danbury’s Jefferson Magalhaes.

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NEWTOWN — The Danbury boys soccer team is not used to playing with a lead. However, after scoring less than two minutes into the CIAC Class LL first-round game against Newtown, the Hatters found themselves in the unusual position of being ahead rather than tied or trailing.

The Hatters held the lead for nearly 70 minutes before Newtown got the equalizer.

The tie would only last a minute as No. 19-seeded Danbury scored with 8:05 to play, beating No. 14 Newtown 2-1 at Blue and Gold Stadium.

Danbury will travel to face No. 3 Fairfield Prep in the second round on Thursday at 2 p.m.

With both teams coming into the contest as two of the stingiest defenses in the state, a goal in the first two minutes was surprising to everyone involved.

“It’s unusual for us to be up. Especially so early on,” Danbury coach Antony Howard said. “We always try to be solid and tough to beat and it’s a bonus if we score. To be honest, we came here trying to put pressure on them and play our game. In the state cup, you can’t analyze the performance too much. It’s irrelevant, you just want to win. I’m happy we bounced back after they scored a goal.”

Newtown had not allowed a goal in its final eight regular-season games, going back to a 1-0 loss to Barlow on Sept. 28.

In fact, after losing 6-0 to Farmington on opening day, the Nighthawks only allowed seven goals the rest of the season combined.

Danbury only conceded 11 goals all season, four of which came in a loss to Greenwich. The Hatters posted seven shutouts in the regular season.

The Hatters only scored more than two goals three times all season, making the two goals Monday a bit of an outburst.

As fans were still fling into the stadium, Danbury’s Jefferson Magalhaes got dribbled and got past the Newtown defenders, firing home the shot into the lower right corner.

Newtown had chances but was twice turned away by Danbury keeper Noah Braz on shots from close range.

The Nighthawks would finally tie the game with 9:03 to play with Harrison Silverman taking a pass from Connor Muir and finishing.

It would not stay tied long with Magalhaes scoring his second goal a minute later after a pretty feed from Manuel Cantarino.

Newtown coach Ryan Lyddy was not pleased with how Newtown’s backline played.

“That was probably the worst game we played all year. Our backline was pretty poor,” Lyddy said. “I feel bad for the seniors but I was very happy with their efforts this season. Our two center backs were not on par tonight. The anchor broke. Danbury did a good job taking advantage.”


Jefferson Magalhaes, Danbury: The junior striker scored both of Danbury’s goals.


“The ball comes, it’s my first touch of the game, I put a toe forward and got the goal,” Magalhaes said. “I was really happy we scored early. It was unfortunate we conceded but thank god, I scored another one. The second one, I let it go and it went in.”; @EricsonSports




Scoring: D— Jefferson Magalhaes 2g; Manuel Cantarino 1a. N— Harrison Silverman 1g; Connor Muir 1a

Goalies: N—Yarema Stasyshyn 7 saves; D—Noah Braz 6 saves