A.J. Sussingham scored three times and the Brookfield defense withstood an all out second half attack to turn back Masuk 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the SWC playoffs Friday night before a large and loud crowd at Brookfield Stadium.
Sussingham got the scoring started midway through the first half by taking Billy Hunt's throw-in and driving it high and deep into the far side of the net for a 1-0 lead that lasted into the second half.
Masuk's determined pressure then produced the tying goal and the momentum seemed to swing in the visitor's favor until Lukas Rodrigues' nicely placed crossing pass found Sussingham for a 2-1 Bobcat lead with 10 minutes to play. Goalkeeper Austin DaCunha's diving save in the last minute kept Bobcats ahead and Mike Goulart's long pass sprung Sussingham for a breakaway goal and the hat trick in the final seconds.
The Bobcats are scheduled to take on Pomperaug Wednesday in the semi-finals.
On the girls side, the eighth seeded Brookfield Lady Bobcats were eliminated 2-0 by the top-seeded Immaculate Mustangs Friday afternoon in Danbury.
Although out of the SWC playoffs, the BHS girls have qualified for the CIAC class L tourney, which begins in early November.