With a week of action now under their belts, the local high school teams are beginning to settle in for the long haul toward the postseason and for many of them the week ahead will give a clearer picture of what lies ahead after a slow start for many area teams.
Most successful so far have been the volleyball team at Bristol Eastern, the Bristol Central girls soccer team and Central’s boys cross country and swim squads. They are the only area teams to remain unbeaten after two weeks of play.
The Lancers are 4-0 in volleyball and have three games on tap this week including a pair against CCC South foes. Eastern will face Berlin today, Simsbury on Wednesday and Plainville on Friday, all on the road, as they look to move to 7-0.
Central’s soccer girls had a big 2-1 win over Conard in a CCC interdivisional match last week and will take on another tough interdivisional opponent tomorrow when they host Enfield under the lights. The Eagles are also unbeaten and will give the Rams their stiffest challenge yet. Central will travel to Maloney on Thursday night looking for their third straight divisional win at Falcon Field in Meriden.
The Central boys cross country team opened the season with a pair of wins last week and will seek to improve to 4-0 when they take on Plainville and Middletown in Plainville on Tuesday. Central’s swim team opened the season with a solid victory over Rocky Hill, but face a stiffer test at home against Conard on Wednesday.
Bristol Central’s volleyball team had an up and down week, with an impressive four-set win over Glastonbury followed by a disappointing performance in a loss to Cheshire. The Rams are 2-2 and with matches this week at Plainville today, home to Farmington on Wednesday and at Berlin on Friday, the week ahead will provide the opportunity to get back on track.
St. Paul volleyball opened with two big wins, but suffered its first loss to powerhouse Seymour at the end of last week. The Falcons visit Naugatuck on Tuesday then come home for a non-league match with Northwestern on Thursday followed by an NVL match against Wolcott on Friday.
Terryville’s volleyball team, still looking for the first win, is at home twice this week, against Gilbert on Tuesday and Crosby Wednesday.
It was a rough week for most of the area soccer teams. Both Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern boys are in the toughest part of their schedules against Tier 1 state powerhouses. The Lancers lost a tough 3-1 decision to Hall on Friday and square off against defending state champion Farmington at home tonight, The Rams fell to 0-3 with their loss to Farmington last Friday and it won’t get any easier at home tonight against Hall. Both teams return to CCC South play later in the week looking to get back on track. The Rams host Maloney on Thursday night and the Lancers are home against winless Platt.
St. Paul’s boys are 0-2-1 after a tie with Holy Cross last week and will look to move into the win column at winless Derby on Tuesday night. It will be a tougher road for the Falcons when they travel to Watertown on Thursday night.
The Terryville boys dropped a pair last week but have some winnable Berkshire League matches on tap in the coming week. The Kangaroos are at Northwestern (1-2) today, host a strong Litchfield team on Wednesday and are home to winless Gilbert on Friday.
On the girls side, last week was also a difficult one. Bristol Eastern’s girls have struggled to score and fell to 0-2-1 with a 0-0 tie against Berlin and a loss to Tolland last week. It will get a little easier for the Lancers this week with a home match under the lights against Northwest Catholic tomorrow and a visit to Meriden to take on Platt on Thursday.
The St. Paul girls have two home matches this week. They take on Derby on Tuesday and host Watertown on Friday in a pair of NVL matches. Terryville’s girls lost their first match of the season to Nonnewaug last week, but rallied to beat Shepaug on Friday and will try to add to the win column at home against winless Northwestern today. The Kangaroos host Litchfield on Wednesday and Gilbert on Friday with a chance to add to their win total.
Area cross country teams continue action this week. Bristol Eastern will host Berlin and Lewis Mills, the defending CCC South champion, at Page Park tomorrow. St. Paul hosts Kennedy, Torrington and Woodland in an NVL quad meet the same day. Terryville has the week off.
Bristol Central was the only area swim team to compete last week, but all squads get their seasons going this week. Eastern will be on the road at Berlin on Wednesday and travel to Windsor on Friday. St. Paul travels to Woodland on Tuesday.
Terryville’s golfers have two matches on tap this week. They travel to Watertown to take on Nonnewaug and Gilbert on Tuesday. They will host Nonnewaug and Shepaug in a tri meet at Pequabuck on Thursday.