It didn’t take long for weather to create some havoc for the beginning of the fall sports season. Lightning and weather aside, the games were played and the 2013-14 season got off to an excellent start. With roughly a week of games completed, it is time for the first edition of Eye On The CIAC, which pores through the various game results each week and highlights a few noteworthy or interesting results. Remember these are not necessarily the biggest games of the past week, just a few that happened to catch the eye, generally because of the competitiveness. Editions also include CIAC Rankings Watch which dives into the changes within the rankings available on CIACsports.com, and CIAC On TV which takes a look at what games CIAC fans can check out in the coming week. We are excited to have some games to cover once again, and are looking forward to an exciting season.
- The football season kicked off with some highly-anticipated games with cross league match-ups. The tightest game on opening night was not from those contests, but rather Amity outlasting Seymour 24-21 to open the season with a victory. Three-straight touchdowns were the difference for the home team which then held on to claim the victory.
- More than 300 yards of total offense from Brett Phillips helped carry Wilton to a one-point victory over Guilford to open the season. The back-and-forth game went Wilton’s way with the go-ahead touchdown coming midway through the third quarter and the visitors then holding on for the win.
- Ridgefield edged Cheshire 17-14 on Sunday, behind a pair of touchdown runs for Will Bonaparte . The win gave the FCIAC a 9-8 edge in what was the final game of the FCIAC-SCC Challenge.
- In a battle of co-op programs Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby came out one point better than Covenry/Windham Tech/Bolton on Saturday. The home team claimed a 34-33 victory in week one with Jarvis Miller turning in a dominant 320-yard rushing performance and Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby thwarting a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute.
- Woodland and Ansonia opened the season with a five-set thriller, with Woodland coming away with the 3-2 victory. Woodland reached the class M final last season and battled its way to a win in the season opener.
- Newtown pushed defending class LL champions Darien to the brink in the opener for both squads, but the Blue Wave ultimately posted a 3-2 win. It was one of five matches to go the distance on opening night.
- As an indoor sport volleyball managed to avoid the trouble with the weather that plagued the other sports on a very wet and stormy Thursday night. Bacon Academy put together a 3-2 win over Griswold to open its season on Thursday evening. The team dropped its last six matches of 2012 and begins the season with the tight 3-2 win.
- Three more 3-2 scores on Friday night in the world of CT high school volleyball. Among them was a spirited match between Whitney Tech and Amistad, which went Whitney Tech’s way by a 3-2 score. In 2012 both of these teams came away with just one victory all season, which came against each other. Amistad will get a chance for revenge on October 22 when it hosts Whitney Tech in its penultimate match of the regular season.
- Avon and Granby Memorial were so excited to start the season the two teams decided to play extra. After going into overtime, Avon eventually came away with a 2-1 victory on the road.
- Brien McMahon managed to dodge the rain and lightning on Thursday to capture a 1-0 win over Trumbull with Roberto Vargas making 10 saves to earn the shutout. Ariben Cordova claimed the match-winning goal early in the second half for the lone score.
- Ledyard pushed New London to the brink in the opener for New London and the second game for Ledyard, with New London pulling out a 3-2 win. Seth Lake had the winning goal in the 54th minute as New London opened 1-0, while Ledyard has been on the short end of a pair of one-goal defeats to start its season.
- Conard also scored three goals, which was one more than Southington in a match-up of teams that each scored four goals to win its openers. Conard is off to a 2-0 start and the offense is clicking early with 3.5 goals per game to start the year.
- Thomaston came away with a 2-1 home win over Lewis Mills to get its season off to a strong start. Thomaston is looking to shake off the disappointment of an early loss in the CIAC class S tournament last year which came after a strong regular season.
- Fairfield Warde claimed a 2-1 overtime win over Norwalk on Wednesday in a battle of playoff teams from a season ago. Warde had the decided advantage in shots, and broke through with the winning goal with 5:05 left in the contest.
- One goal was enough to give Danbury a 1-0 win to open the season in a road game against Valley Regional. Natasha Prukalski had the goal in the contest which came in the 25th minute giving the team the edge early in the second half.
- Farmington also claimed a 1-0 win, topping South Windsor to complete a first-week sweep of a few of the Windsor programs. It was offense in game one, with an 8-1 win over Windsor, and then the 1-0 shutout over South Windsor.
- Haddam-Killingworth and Valley Regional played a one-goal game in the opening round of the 2012 class M tournament, and happened to square off again to open the season. Once again, one goal was the difference with HK earning a 2-1 win to get its season started.
- We will admit to hold some fondness for the quirks of soccer, so few things entertain us more than a 0-0 tie. And that is what Glastonbury and Tolland provided in a match-up between two teams coming off strong seasons last year. At least early on, it seems the defense is working fine for both squads.
- Wilcox Tech and Grasso Tech engaged in something of an offensive shootout by soccer standards, with Wilcox Tech capturing a 5-4 win. Wilcox has found the back of the net five times in each of its first two games, establishing a tremendous offensive pace to start the season.
- Another 0-0 tie, this team with Bacon Academy and Lyman Memorial finishing deadlocked without a goal. Lyman Memorial is off to a start with a pair of ties through its first two games, having a 1-1 and now 0-0 draw on its schedule. The squad had only one draw in its entire results last year, so this is unfamiliar territory in the early season.
- Matt Chisholm of Farmington was the top individual finisher, but Simsbury came away with the boys team title at the highly-competitive Windham Invite. The team’s 63 points were 16 better than second-place Cheshire in the varsity 1 race. E.O. Smith was the top team on the boys and girls side in the varsity 2 race on the day. The girls varsity 1 race when to Tolland which put together a strong effort and had a top performance in the freshman race.
- Elsewhere the Ledyard girls put together a strong performance to top rival NFA in the ECC Large opener.
- Four top-15 finishes helped propel the East Hampton girls to a team victory at the Blue Dragon Invitational in Middletown. Madison Boyce was the top finisher for her squad, placing fourth, while Maddie Brandon of Haddam-Killingworth was the overall winner. Lyme-Old Lyme triumphed on the boys side at the meet by also placing four runners in the top-15. Christian Alberico of Coginchaug was the first boy across the line overall with a time of 17:29.32.
Each Monday we take a look at any major movement in the top-10 of the CIAC Tournament Rankings for those sports where it is provided (rankings and records are based on results reported through the CIAC on-line reporting system). With only one week in the books there are no other rankings with which to compare, so this feature will return next week. In the meantime, you can find the rankings here by clicking on the “fall sports” tab.