SEYMOUR - The St. Paul girls soccer team won the NVL championship for the first time since entering the league in the fall of 2010 with a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross in the league championship game on Thursday night at Seymour High’s DeBarber Field.
St. Paul (13-3-3) entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed, defeating the No. 4 seed, No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed to win the championship.
The Falcons scored a goal in each half, with Kendall Davis connecting off an assist from Briana Senese in the first for her 25th goal of the season and Hannah Rinhart scoring with an assist from Addison Davis in the second.
Goalkeeper Nina Zwolinski, named tournament MVP, made 21 saves as she recorded her second shutout of the tournament and sixth of the season. She had 15 saves against Naugatuck in the first round and 17 against Woodland in the semifinals.
Tori Schaffner made seven saves for Holy Cross (13-3-3).
“I couldn’t be happier with the results of tonight’s game,” St. Paul coach James Husbands said. “The girls have worked extremely hard all season and deserve to be champs. We had to play three great games against higher seeded teams to win.
“Our go-to players, Kendall, Briana, Addison and Nina, all played well, as did all the other starters. Our defense continues to improve, and shutting out the number one and number two seeded teams is quite an accomplishment.
“If we continue to play at this high level, there is no reason to think we won’t make a deep run into the state tournament.”