FAIRFIELD -- In an attempt to prepare for Monday's Class LL second round playoff game against third-seeded Fairfield Prep, New Milford boys soccer coach Antony Howard leaned on an assistant who'd had a son play for the Green Wave in their 4-0 loss to Staples in the 2009 state final.
The news wasn't encouraging: that Staples team was good, but the current Fairfield Prep side might be even better.
"He said (Prep) was the best team he's seen," Howard said.
The Jesuits certainly lived up to that billing, posting a dominating 5-0 victory to advance to Tuesday's quarterfinals against Conard, which it will host at 3:45 p.m..
For Prep it was a welcome breakout performance after winning five straight one-goal games, including last week's SCC final. The Jesuits also matched their season high for goals scored.
"They're finally tasting what could happen," Jesuits coach Ryan Lyddy said. "We told them last night, today, before the game, that there's no way we should be winning games 1, 2-nothing."
A two-minute span at the midway mark of the first half all but decided this one.
First, Austin Sims collected a header from Davie Bruton, settled and lashed a shot at the top of the box past New Milford keeper Evan Souza. Then two minutes later, before the 19th-seeded Green Wave could reorganize, it was 2-0 through a goal by Chris Molina set up by Sims.
"When he's in form, the goals seem to pour in," Bruton said of Sims.
Fairfield Prep (18-2-1) put it away in the 49th minute on David Bigley's goal from close range. It was 4-0 minutes later when Luis Zamora found space at the edge of the penalty area and slotted it inside the near post past Souza.
"We came with a gameplan to frustrate them," Howard said.
"They were too strong technically."
It meant the only drama remaining for the final 20-odd minutes was if any of the Jesuits reserve players would find the scoresheet after both teams cleared their benches.
With seven minutes to go Prep senior Austin Trotta found some space and scored his first goal of the season to complete the rout.
"He worked hard through injuries," Lyddy said. "I think that just made his senior season."
Class LL second round
NEW MILFORD 0 0--0
FAIRFIELD PREP 2 3--5
Records: New Milford 10-5-3; Fairfield Prep 18-2-1; Goals: FP--Austin Sims, Chris Molina, David Bigley, Luis Zamora; Assists: FP--Davie Bruton, Sims 2, Zamora; Goalies: NM--Evan Souza (5 saves), Nicholas Eherts (0); FP--Will Steiner (0), Alex Pinkus (1).