Title IX Team In State Finals Saturday
Fans of Litchfield High's soccer teams will be able to see both play for Class S championships on the same day and at the same location.
The greatest day in school soccer history will take place on Saturday [Nov. 26] at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. Litchfield's girls (12-4-2) will play Immaculate-Danbury (13-3-2) at noon and Litchfield's boys (11-6-2) will face Somers (13-3-2) at 2:30 on the stadium's artificial turf.
By PETER WALLACE
MERIDEN — Litchfield’s girls soccer team set the standard for a gloriously historic soccer day for Litchfield High School with a 1-0 overtime win against Old Saybrook High School in a Class S semifinal game at Meriden’s Falcon Field Saturday afternoon.
At Litchfield High School in 1995, girls were rebuffed by the principal when they tried to organize a team. There were four boys' teams and no girls' teams at the time.
"This is not a Title IX issue," said then-Principal Suzanne D'Annolfo. There will not be a girls' soccer program this fall; I never promised that to anyone."
A Title IX complaint by Kelsley Lyons forced the Litchfield local school board to begin a girls' soccer program in 1996.
The team won its first game in 1999. Gov. John G. Rowland declared November 17, 1999 Litchfield High School Girls' Soccer Team Day, citing the team as "a model, not only for girls' sports, but also for all youngsters faced with tough odds and huge obstacles."