FCIAC

Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have 10 teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Darien boys soccer, Darien girls soccer, Ridgefield volleyball, Greenwich boys soccer, Wilton field hockey, Ludlowe boys soccer, New Canaan field hockey, Norwalk field hockey, Danbury boys soccer and Trinity Catholic football teams.

FCIAC

Trinity Catholic 56, Westhill 28: Crusaders Right Now Focused More On Wins Than Fields

STAMFORD — Saturday’s game against Westhill was hyped as the last on the Trinity Catholic football team’s musty grass field. Not long after an easy 56-28 win, it became more apparent that the traditional aspect was much more for the benefit of the alumni than the current players.

Because truth be told, there was little in the way of nostalgia for the Crusaders. They can care less right now if the grass remains, a state of the art facility is erected or if home games are moved to a parking lot.

“Beating Westhill makes us one step closer to our first goal, which is a city championship,” said quarterback Anthony Lombardi, who returned from a shoulder injury and saw half of his six completed passes result in scores.

FCIAC

New Canaan 52, Norwalk 14: Collins Shows Steady Leadership In Bounce-Back Performance

NORWALK — Michael Collins was spraying Testa Field with touchdown passes, Matt Cognetta was breaking long runs and the defense was unyielding. Heck, there was even a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff and a score 30 seconds into the game.

All was back to normal in the world of the New Canaan High School football team, which shook off a tough second half last week and rolled to a 52-14 win over Norwalk on Friday night.

Boys Soccer

Darien 2, Staples 0: Blue Wave A Step Away From First Appearance In Boys Soccer Final

DARIEN — The Darien High School boys soccer team seems to have an “it” factor this season, that difficult to identify quality that makes you think something special is going to end up happening.

The Blue Wave have never won an FCIAC championship in the sport, but they took the first step toward filling that void on Thursday with a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Staples.

Darien, the No. 2 seed, dominated most of the day against an opponent that, in contrast, is steeped in tradition and on its best days easily could have won another title. But the Blue Wave possessed the ball, moved it around the field, constructed plays from midfield and other than a few stretches never let the 7th-seeded Wreckers find a comfort zone.

FCIAC

Weekend Game Plan: A Slate With A 1 In 8 Chance Of Finding Winning Records

If it seems like we have reached the point of the season where the wheels are just spinning until we get to Darien-New Canaan on Thanksgiving…it is because we probably have.

However, despite the absence on any intra-league drama, seven of the 17 teams are still very active in the race for state playoff berths, with the greatest activity at the Class LL level.

Unfortunately for us, there is not one game involving two of the seven this week.

Boys Soccer

Former Westhill Star Linda Velaj Making An Impact As Assistant With Darien Boys Soccer Team

DARIEN — As the Darien High School soccer team was defeating Greenwich last week, its assistant coach roamed the sideline, studying the play and occasionally shouting out some words of encouragement.

To those who know Linda Velaj, her relative silence was likely surprising, a stark contrast to her mercurial personality when she was the star of Westhill’s girls soccer team.

FCIAC

Week 6: FCIAC Football Plays Of The Week

The sixth week of the FCIAC football season saw New Canaan hold off Greenwich in the so-called Marinelli Bowl, Ridgefield upset unbeaten Staples and Darien remaining undefeated with a win over Danbury. Trinity Catholic, Trumbull, Wilton, Norwalk and St. Joseph also had big wins.

And this week our FCIAC Football Plays of the Week has highlights from all eight games.

Football

Upon Further Review: Changes At Ridgefield Include A Return To Winning Ways

The players on Ridgefield High School’s football team were brimming with optimism. They were coming off of a 2-9 season — their first losing mark in 15 years — but had a strong offseason, a talented senior class and an attitude they had something to prove.

Then, two months before their first game, they also had a new coach. Kevin Callahan took a one-year leave of absence following a DUI arrest, and Joe Arcieri, the defensive coordinator, who had been with the program for eight years, was promoted. For the second straight preseason, the team lost its best running back, this time Jackson Turek.

Boys Soccer

Greenwich’s Bartels Named To Play In Boys High School All-American Game

Nick Bartels, the star forward of the Greenwich boys soccer team, was named on Monday as one of 40 players to take part in the fifth annual Boys High School All-American Game, which will be played on Dec. 5 in Raleigh, N.C.

“I am so honored to be named along side so many players I deeply respect,” Bartels said. “This is an accomplishment that I will never forget and is something I have dreamed about achieving since I was a kid.”