It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
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?”