For nearly four decades, New Milford High School boys' soccer has competed, often with considerable success, without so much as a championship banner to call its own.

Remember the evening of Nov. 5, 2009, for the Green Wave came about as close as it has to winning a title.

Brookfield escaped that day's South-West Conference championship match at Joel Barlow High in Redding with a 1-0 victory over coach James Tong's NMHS booters.

The teams played through 80 minutes of scoreless regulation and 20 minutes of overtime before resorting to a series of a compelling penalty kicks to determine the outcome.

The defeat marked the third straight season that the Green Wave's SWC title bid had been derailed by penalty kicks.

To its credit, coach Tong's side was able to put the SWC disappointment behind it this week as it headed into the state class 'LL' tournament.

The sixth-seeded Green Wave whitewashed first-round foe Stamford, 3-0, Monday on the NMHS pitch and was slated yesterday (Thursday) to take an overall 17-3 record into a Round of 16 date with either Norwalk or Greenwich.

The quarterfinals are scheduled tomorrow (Saturday) and the semifinals will be either Tuesday or Wednesday.

For more Green Wave soccer coverage, see next Friday's Greater New Milford Spectrum.

For more photos, see www.newstimes.com/spectrum/slideshow.

-- Norm Cummings