Eye On The CIAC

Eye On The CIAC

The rhythms of the season are beginning to set in, as most schools have a handful of games under their belts. In many cases it is still too early to guess whether fast starts and surprise teams will maintain the success throughout the season, but that is a big part of the fun. Everyone will have to stay tuned and see how the seasons shake out, and there is still plenty of season left for programs that have gotten off to slow starts. We try to keep track of some of the interesting highlights with this latest edition of Eye on the CIAC.

Girls Soccer:

  • In a tight battle between a pair of strong Fairfield County neighbors, New Canaan pulled out a one-goal victory over Greenwich by a 2-1 score. Shelby Overacker netted the winning goal as New Canaan scored twice in the second half to earn its first win of the season.
  • It has been a good week for some of the CIACsports.com favorite of 0-0 ties as Daniel Hand and East Haven battled to a scoreless draw, Brookfield and Immaculate finished scoreless, and Morgan and Jonathan Law also went without a goal in their early-week contest.
  • Holy Cross moved a game above .500 in an offensive outburst as the team knocked off local rival Ansonia by a 4-3 score. Julie Sheetz had the winning tally in the 75th minute to snag the road win for Holy Cross.
  • East Hampton continued its strong start to the season with a 1-0 victory on the road against North Branford. East Hampton is off to a 4-0-1 start, riding a stingy defense that hasn’t allowed a goal in its last four matches.

Cross Country:

  • New Fairfield improved to 5-1 in girls cross country by sweeping a quad meet with Kolbe Cathedral, Oxford, and Joel Barlow. Gabrielle Richichi ran a time of 19:58 to lead the finishers across the line.
  • Andrew Handfield and Noah Hallisey led the way for East Lyme as the team won a quad-meet early in the week. The duo finished first and second overall respectively in the victory.
  • On the girls side, Fitch squeaked out a victory over Ledyard and also bested local rival NFA in a early-season meet.
  • The Immaculate girls maintained its strong start to the season by beating SWC rivals New Milford, Brookfield and Weston in a meet early in the week. Carly Schuyler was the top finisher overall with a time of 18:39.

Boys Soccer:

  • Litchfield came out with a 2-1 win to earn its first victory of the season. Gilbert came out on the short end of the score as Blaise Pope had a goal and an assist in the victory for Litchfield.
  • Old Lyme notched a thrilling overtime win over Haddam-Killingworth by a 4-3 score to remain unbeaten on the season. After recording shutouts in its first two contests, the team came away with enough offense to earn the win.
  • Tolland upped its record to 3-1 with a 1-0 win at Bloomfield, whose record fell to 2-2. Nick Olson stopped 11 shots in goal for Tolland, while Kyle Bujese had the lone tally in the match.
  • Bethel and Newtown played to a 1-1 draw over the weekend, which was a second-straight draw for Newtown. Bethel has also been in a series of close games with two ties on its ledger and two other one-goal decisions.
  • Old Saybrook’s 2-1 win over Woodstock Academy improved them to 5-0 on the season after the team also notched a 2-1 win over Old Lyme on Friday. The squad is already halfway to its win total of last season, while scoring at least two goals in all five of its wins.

Volleyball:

  • Wednesday was a big day for close games between Tolland and Bloomfield as the team played a tight soccer match, and then went the distance in volleyball. Tolland emerged victorious in both matches, coming up with a 3-2 win to deal Bloomfield its first win of the season and even its record at 1-1. Tolland then followed up with another 3-2 win, this time over Rocky Hill.
  • Holy Cross improved to 4-1 and now sits just a shade outside the top-10 of the CIAC Tournament rankings after a 3-2 win over Kennedy. It was the first time the team was pushed beyond three games in its four wins, and came against a Kennedy team that was off to a 4-1 start.
  • Lyman Memorial is also off to a strong start in class S with a 5-1 record to open the season. the latest win came in a solid 3-1 triumph over Griswold, bouncing back after its first loss, which was a 3-2 setback to Norwich Free Academy earlier in the week.

Football:

  • Fans checking out the CPTV Sports broadcast of the game between Naugatuck and Wolcott were treated to a thriller as Naugatuck pulled out a 42-36 victory in overtime. Jason Bradley had nearly 300 yards of offense, leading the comeback for Naugatuck and scoring the winning touchdown.
  • Simsbury evened its record at 1-1 by pulling out a 23-20 win over East Hartford. Kyle Dougherty nailed the winning field goal with 37 seconds left to give Simsbury the win.
  • Glastonbury trailed 14-0 in the second quarter, but managed to comeback and earn a hard-fought 35-28 win over Hall in week two. Jalen Ollie found Ethan Ericson in the end zone with a touch over a minute left to provide the winning margin.
  • Weston came out on the winning end by a touchdown in its week two contest against Stratford. Weston is now 1-1 after the victory, with a late 36-yard touchdown pass giving the Trojans a narrow win for the third-straight year over the Red Devils.

Field Hockey:

  • Lauralton Hall dealt Pomperaug its first loss and improved to 3-0 itself with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday in a class M battle. The win made Lauralton Hall one of three (as of Wednesday) teams at 3-0 in class M.
  • Hamden also claimed a one-goal win on Tuesday, besting Mercy by a score of 2-1. Sami Vivenzio scored the winning tally in the second half to help Hamden improve to 2-1, while Mercy is off to a sluggish start.
  • Sheehan was one goal better than North Haven on Wednesday afternoon, recording a 2-1 victory. It was the first win of the year for Sheehan after the team opened with a tie and a loss, and also marked the first two times it found the back of the cage this season.
  • Immaculate bested Brookfield 2-1 in overtime, in what was a third-straight game decided by one goal or less. All three of the team’s games have gone to overtime this season and the team has managed a win, a loss, and a tie in those three outings.
  • A 2-1 win over Staples continued Daniel Hand’s unblemished start to the season. Brenna Hobin had the winning goal in overtime as Hand now sits at 5-0 a few weeks into the season.

RANKINGS WATCH
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). It is still a bit early in the season to see a lot of movement in the rankings (by our count there are still more than 100 total teams without either a loss or tie on their resume–making it a bit hard for teams to separate) so instead we will take a look back at the end-of-season rankings from a year ago and see what shakeups have taken place there. And you can check out all the rankings here by clicking on the “fall sports” tab.

  • Hall is a new face atop the rankings in LL in girls soccer, behind its 5-0 start, and is halfway to its win total from last season. There are five teams with records of at least 3-0 in L, with Ledyard currently sitting third after posting eight wins last year. Plainfield is off to a 4-0 start in class M after finishing outside the top-10 in the final rankings last year, while Windham is also is also unbeaten and in the top-5 in M. Coginchaug is off to a strong start in S as one of four 4-0 squads, along with Litchfield, St. Paul Catholic and Windsor Locks. Only Litchfield among those teams was in the top-10 at the end of the season last year.
  • With only two games complete at most for the state’s football programs, these rankings could change dramatically in the coming weeks. Right now Hamden, Conard, and Shelton have taken up residence in the top-5 in class LL. In class L, North Haven picked up a big win in week two and is now atop the rankings in that division, with a bushel of other teams at 2-0. There are more new faces in the top-5 in M early in the season with Brookfield, Valley Regional/Old Lyme, and Gilbert/Northwest Regional all holding positions there. Canton is the top team in S in the early going, while Bloomfield is also holding a spot near the top in that class.
  • There are some familiar teams in familiar positions in the field hockey rankings with a few squads off to strong starts. Nonnewaug is holding the top spot in S behind its 5-0 start and Killingly is another team new unbeaten in the top five. Also 5-0 and in the top-5 in M is Lauralton Hall while Wilton sits third with an unblemished record. Amity is the new face within the top-5 in class L with the team off to a 3-0 start, and Norwich Free Academy is another unbeaten in that class and sits in seventh.
  • Stamford’s strong start has them at the top of LL in boys soccer, where it is the only team without either a loss or a tie. Shelton and West Haven are also newcomers to the top-10. RHAM is 5-0 and that has them near the top of L, where six teams are 4-0 or better to start the season. There are four teams who have won every match in M led by Plainville which is 5-0, matching its good start from a season ago. Old Saybrook, Bolton and Coginchaug are all in the top-5 in S after not closing the year in the top-10 last year.
  • Girls volleyball also had some traditional powers sitting in the rankings early in the season, with a few newcomers. Ledyard is 5-0 and atop the M rankings early in the season, and Platt is also sitting inside the top-5. St. Joseph is a new team inside the top-5 in class M, while in S Kolbe Cathedral is off to a 6-0 start and ranks at the top of that division. In LL, Simsbury and Amity are unbeaten and hanging out within the top-5.
CIAC On TV & The Web
Lots of good action on CPTV Sports and the NFHS Network this coming week. Among the highlights is a boys soccer clash between rivals Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven on the NFHS Network. CPTV Sports will air a number of contests this week, including the first showing of a girls volleyball clash between East Lyme and Ledyard, Granby Memorial and Suffield squaring off in girls soccer, perennial powers Cheshire and Farmington in field hockey, and then a live broadcast of Northwest Catholic challenging Bloomfield in football.

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