Editor’s Note: The NFHS Network is the exclusive broadcast partner of CIAC Championships. Several CIAC member schools have also partnered with the NFHS Network to provide streaming coverage of regular season events. Every Monday CIACsports.com will feature a handful of games to check out in the new feature “What to Watch.” All records are at the time of posting.
It’s really starting to feel like fall (when it’s not raining) and as the fall sports roll along the NFHS Network will feature 87 games with the Connecticut teams. Check out all the upcoming and live events here https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/CIAC or go to the landing page for your favorite team. Here are a few selections to watch this week. All photos courtesy of MaxPreps.
Monday, 10/15, Jonathan Law vs. Mercy girls soccer, 4:30 p.m.: It’s an SCC girls soccer showdown to start the week with Mercy hosting Jonathan Law at Xavier’s Larry McHugh Field. Mercy is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent memory, sitting atop the Class L and near the top of the SCC rankings with a record of 11-1. A stingy defense that has notched seven shutouts in 12 matches has powered Mercy’s strong season. One team that did score against them was Jonathan Law, but it came in a 3-1 victory for Mercy in the previous meeting. Law is holding strong near the top of the SCC standings with a record of 4-2-4 and has been in every match this season. A big road win in conference could spark them for a strong stretch run.
Tuesday, 10/16, Fairfield Ludlowe vs. Fairfield Warde field hockey, 7 p.m.: Cross-town rivals square off in a big field hockey battle to highlight Tuesday night’s offerings. Fairfield Warde hosts Fairfield Ludlowe in a match both teams would love to have for both bragging rights and to try and make a closing push for a league postseason spot. Warde currently holds the final spot in the FCIAC postseason race with Ludlowe one spot out, so both teams are looking to close strong to have a chance to qualify and to remain comfortably in the CIAC postseason mix. Warde comes in having won its last three contests to improve to 5-6-1 on the year while Ludlowe is trying to bounce back after a tough overtime loss to Brien McMahon. Three of Ludlowe’s four wins have actually been on the road.
Wednesday, 10/17, Guilford vs. East Haven girls volleyball, 5:30 p.m.: Get an early look at the site for the CIAC girls volleyball championships at host East Haven welcomes Guilford for an SCC battle. East Haven is following up last year’s excellent 16-4 season with another good campaign as they open the week with a mark of 9-5. After opening the season with a pair of home losses, the Yellow Jackets are 5-1 at home since, and this will be the final home contest of the regular season. Guilford has cruised along to a 13-3 record thus far, with two of those losses coming against unbeaten Cheshire. Guilford swept East Haven 3-0 in the first regular season meeting between the two teams and has dropped only one set in league matches other than its two outings against the Rams. There is also an interesting SCC boys soccer contest between Daniel Hand and Shelton on the schedule for Wednesday that is worth checking out.
Thursday, 10/18, Woodstock Academy vs. Norwich Free Academy boys soccer, 7 p.m.: An Eastern CT boys soccer contest highlights the action on Thursday night with Woodstock Academy traveling to play NFA. These teams played an overtime thriller a few weeks ago with Woodstock prevailing 2-1 in overtime on its home field. NFA will look to return the favor and pick up a big win as it strives to make a late push for CIAC tournament qualification. The Wildcats entered the week at 3-9 overall after a 1-2 week last week, and are in the midst of a big run of five-straight home matches. Woodstock seems to be trending up with a record of 7-5-1 overall and enters the week having won four of its last five contests.
Friday, 10/19, Amity vs. Notre Dame-West Haven football, 7 p.m.: An Amity team enjoying one of its best seasons in recent memory gets a stiff test with a road visit to Notre Dame-West Haven in a Friday night football showdown. Amity is 4-1 through five weeks, already posting the most wins the team has enjoyed since it went 5-6 in the 2013 season. It is fresh off a shutout win last weekend and its defense has held four of five opponents to 18 points or fewer. Notre Dame sits at 3-2 and needs to keep its recent winning ways alive for a chance to push its way into the Class LL postseason field. This will be the first true home game for the Green Knights as stadium construction kept them from playing at its home field through the first five weeks. The team is coming off consecutive strong road wins over Branford and Xavier as it plays this critical midseason contest.
Saturday, 10/20, New Milford vs. Weston boys soccer, 12 p.m.: We close the busy week with a boys soccer battle in the SWC with New Milford traveling to take on Weston. New Milford entered the week with a mark of 4-8 and needs to right the ship for a stretch run if it wants to earn a spot in the CIAC postseason. The team has lost five straight coming into the week, with the last three set-backs all coming by a single goal. Weston is trying to hold its position atop the SWC standings and the New Milford match will close a busy week of three games. Weston won its first eight matches to start the year, allowing just a pair of goals total in those eight, but then went 1-1-1 in the next three contests.