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Norwalk Field Hockey Advances

Norwalk's field hockey team defeated Danbury, 1-0, in a qualifying round game of the Class L tournament Tuesday and now gets a crack at one of the state's top programs. The 18th-seeded Bears return to action Wednesday to take on No. 2 Pomperaug at 4 p.m. in Southbury.

Christine Mace scored with 22 minutes left in the second half to propel Norwalk (5-6-3-0). The Bears played the Hatters to a 1-1 draw during the regular season. They had the better offensive play Tuesday, however, as Norwalk goalie Anya Falcone was called on to make one save.

"Our defense was really solid,'' said Anya, who notched her fifth shutout of the season. "I think the difference between this game and the regular season is our desire. We knew that we could. The first time we played was the fifth game of the season. We're more developed as a team now."

Norwalk is playing its best field hockey of the year. The Bears are 3-0-1 in their last four games. Against Danbury, Norwalk controlled the ball in its offensive end for much of the game. The Bears had trouble converting against Danbury goalie Krista Trotta until Mace scored.

"I think it's hard to say we're at our best right now, because we have a lot of potential,'' Anya said. "Everything is clicking for us."

Pomperaug has played in five state title games since 2000, winning three. It brings a 9-1-1-1 record into the first-round contest.

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