The Brien McMahon girls soccer program had not distinguished itself until two years ago, when opposing FCIAC coaches started trumpeting an incoming freshman before her first practice.
WILTON — Lindsay Groves was so certain about her future path that she accepted the first college offer she received — just weeks after the end of her freshman year at Wilton High School.
NORWALK — When asked how she was feeling after Darien’s 11-10 win over Wilton for the FCIAC girls lacrosse championship, Blue Wave coach Lisa Lindley had a one-word answer:
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.