Newtown High to honor 2004 boys, girls state soccer champs

The Newtown High School boys and girls soccer programs will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 state championships with a ceremony during Saturday night's soccer doubleheader at Blue and Gold Stadium.

The Nighthawks are scheduled to host Weston, with the girls playing at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7.

At halftime of the boys game, a ceremony will honor the 2004 teams, which captured their respective Class LL state championships.

"I'm super-excited," said current Newtown girls coach Marc Kenney. "It's a huge accomplishment to win a state championship, and to have two programs at the same high school do it, especially in Class LL, is tremendous.

"We've talked a lot about tradition, and it's time to celebrate that," Kenney said. Rupert de los Reyes coached the girls team to the championship; Kenney took over for him in 2007.

Kenney credited Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon with coming up with the idea to honor the 2004 teams.

Once the idea was out there, Kenney and boys coach Brian Neumeyer were happy to be part of the event.

The 2004 Newtown boys, led by senior All-American Marcus Tracy and coached by eumeyer, defeated Norwalk 3-1 in the state final. Tracy, of course, took his abundant talent to Wake Forest and helped the Demon Deacons win the NCAA national championship in 2007 before embarking on a successful pro career.

The 2004 Nighthawk girls, led by junior All-New England selection Casey Frobey, defeated Trumbull 2-0 in the state final. Frobey earned All-America honors the following year as a senior, then brought her skills to Fairfield University, where she enjoyed a stellar career.

Saturday's festivities will also serve as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, and spectators are encouraged to stop by the March of Dimes booth and make a donation.

"My hope, and Brian's hope, is to show that it is possible to win and do things the right way," Kenney said.

"That's something the kids need to see."

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