Claire Middlebrook of the Ridgefield girls soccer team is the November winner of Tutoring Club’s Student-Athlete of the Month.
Claire Middlebrook scored twice in the second half to lead the Ridgefield girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Staples today in the Class LL final. It was the first state title for the Tigers, who were runners-up the past two years and 0-3 overall in the championship game.
WEST HAVEN — The third time is the charm. Or are charms.
It wasn’t going to rain on the parade.
And how about a new, less-trite cliche to summarize what is now a historical season for Ridgefield’s girls soccer team: sides that lose seven starters can indeed win state championships.
It has been a banner fall for FCIAC female teams. The league should have a strong showing during Saturday’s State Open swim meet, while eight teams will be competing for titles in three sports.
Is it possible for a team to reach a third straight state final and consider it the completion of a transitional phase? That would appear to be the case with the Ridgefield girls soccer program. Emphasis on program over team, as we will get to in a moment.
FAIRFIELD — A change in strategy made by Reese Sutter and a move her coach was unable to implement helped the Staples girls soccer team reach the Class LL title game.
If there has been a theme for the FCIAC through the first week of state tournament play, it has been Ladies Nights, particularly in two sports.
WESTPORT — Midway through the first half of today’s Class LL second round game, Staples coach Barry Beattie shouted out a succinct five-word question to his players: “Are we going to finish?”
Maddie Fried scored in the 39th minute and Veronica O’Rourke punched an attempted game-tying shot over the crossbar in the final seconds to lift the St. Joseph girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Staples last night for the FCIAC title.