RIDGEFIELD — St. Joseph coach Jack Nogueira admitted prior to tonight’s game with Ridgefield that he — like many — were slightly surprised by his opponent’s unbeaten record.
RIDGEFIELD — Darien has been the premier sports program in the FCIAC and perhaps the state for the last several years. In many respects, with the facilities, support system and now even an in-house program to stream games, it might seem closer to a Division III college than a high school athletic department.
RIDGEFIELD — The seven-senior-starters-graduated angle can now be retired, replaced by the real and as yet unanswerable question of whether the Ridgefield girls soccer team can win a third straight FCIAC title.
Last week, after a conflict caused me to miss covering the Staples-Trumbull girls soccer game, I made arrangements to do a feature on the Wreckers, who at the time had won all four of their games by shutout.
The two top FCIAC girls soccer teams obscured what was a pretty talented upper class a year ago. Ridgefield and St. Joseph were a step ahead of the pack. The Tigers defeated the Cadets for the second straight time in the FCIAC final. The Tigers again advanced to the Class LL final before a repeat loss to Glastonbury; the Cadets regrouped and won a state title.
Just below were four teams capable of playing with anyone, and in some cases as skilled as league champions in past seasons.
When Tory Bike arrived at St. Joseph High School, she was better known to others as Jenna Bike’s little sister.
That view was not shared by Jack Nogueira, the Cadets’ girls soccer coach.
The uneasy period is rapidly approaching for high school seniors, who are preparing to send out college applications in a process that will inevitably lead to one of the biggest decisions in their lives.
That pressure gets compounded for athletes — at least the ones who haven’t made early verbal commitments — aspiring to continue their careers for four more years. That leads to a variety of factors that get weighed and evaluated.
NEW CANAAN — Giana Bruno and Chrissie Fiore became rivals because of proximity, friends and teammates because of their shared talents, and will remain adversaries both due to that ability and the common mindset of taking the road less traveled.
“It’s fun having that two-sided relationship,” said Bruno, a two-sport star at New Canaan. “You step on the field and you’re enemies. We never smile at each other.”
RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield girls soccer coach Iain Golding deviated from past team history when he named Kathryn Barlow captain not long after a season in which the Tigers again won an FCIAC title and reached the Class LL championship game had ended.
That decision is usually made closer to informal summer workouts. But to wait, Golding knew, would be delaying the inevitable. With seven senior starters graduating, Barlow was an obvious choice, both because of her play on the field and her leadership off of it.