It was a mixed bag for area high school teams as the 2022 season opened last week, with half of the area teams that competed coming away with wins. The action steps up this week with all teams swinging into action and the competition getting stronger.
It was a good start for the Terryville boys and girls soccer teams, both of whom scored wins over Housatonic Regional. Bristol Central’s girls picked up a win at Middletown and the Bristol Eastern boys battled past Lewis Mills to open their soccer seasons with success. For the other area soccer squads, the coming week offers a chance to turn it around after opening day defeats.
Bristol Eastern volleyball opened defense of its CCC title with a solid win over South Windsor on Friday night. Bristol Central hung close with the defending state champions from RHAM but fell in four sets. St. Paul will open their volleyball season this week.
The big matches on tap his week will feature a couple of CCC interdivisional volleyball matches tonight and some challenging soccer matches for all area teams. The cross country and girls swim seasons also open this week.
Bristol Central’s volleyball team will take on Glastonbury tonight at home. The Gladiators knocked the Rams out of the CCC tournament a year ago and the Rams will be looking for revenge as they try to avoid a 0-2 start. Central also has a big out-of-conference match against perennial state title contender Cheshire on the road on Thursday before opening CCC South play at home against Middletown on Friday.
Eastern will take its 1-0 record on the road to tackle E.O. Smith tonight. The Panthers were 17-2 in the regular season and a Class L semifinalist a year ago. The Lancers are at Simsbury on Wednesday and home to Plainville in the CCC South opener on Friday.
St. Paul volleyball opens the season tonight at home against Canton then travels for the NVL opener at Wilby on Wednesday before coming home for a big showdown against Seymour Thursday night. The Wildcats were undefeated in the regular season and lost the Class M state championship game a year ago.
Terryville volleyball will reunite with an old foe when they host Lewis Mills on Wednesday night. The Kangaroos will have to deal with Berkshire League opponent Housatonic on Tuesday before they take on the Spartans.
There will be plenty of action on the soccer pitch this week including a pair of always tightly contested showdowns between Bristol Central and Plainville on Tuesday. The Central boys, who lost 3-0 to Middletown in the season opener, travel to Tinty Field to battle the Blue Devils in a 6 p.m. start. Plainville comes in to the game off a 10-0 opening day win and will be another stiff test for the reconstituted Central defense. Central’s girls, 3-1 winners at Middletown in the opener, take on Plainville at home under the lights Tuesday night.
Eastern’s boys had a strong start to the season with a 2-1 win over Lewis Mills and will face another stiff test at Sage Park when they take on Berlin Tuesday night in a clash of unbeatens. The Eastern girls will try to avoid going 0-2 at home Tuesday under the lights, but it will be a big challenge as Berlin comes in off an opening win over Maloney.
All four of the Central and Eastern teams will have their hands full at the end of the week as they move into CCC interdivisional play. Central’s girls take on Conard on Thursday night and the boys host defending CIAC champion Farmington on Friday. Eastern’s boys are home to Hall, 12-0-4 and a CIAC semifinalist a year ago, on Friday while the girls host Tolland on Thursday.
Terryville’s soccer teams had a strong start to the season, but the road is tougher this week with Nonnewaug on tap on Tuesday and Shepaug scheduled for Friday. The girls will host Nonnewaug while the boys travel to Woodbury.
St. Paul soccer had a rough start against perennial power Naugatuck last week and it won’t get easier this week. The boys will host Holy Cross on Tuesday while the girls travel to Waterbury to face the Crusaders. Torrington comes to Bristol to take on the boys on Thursday afternoon and the girls will be in Torrington for a night game the same day. St. Paul’s girls also face Plainville in an interesting non-league matchup on the road on Saturday afternoon.
Cross country opened with the Stratton Brook invitational last Saturday where Bristol Central’s Frankie Porrini had a solid third place finish. The league competition opens this week. Eastern is in Meriden to take on Maloney and Plainville today. Central will be at Berlin along with Platt on Tuesday. St. Paul takes on NVL opponents Naugatuck, Oxford and Seymour in Naugatuck on Tuesday and Terryville battles Gilbert and Northwestern in Winsted the same day.
Bristol Central swimmers make their debut under new coach Macaire Jones at Rocky Hill on Tuesday and St. Paul will open at Seymour on Friday. The Terryville golf team battles Northwestern and Gilbert today and then hosts Northwestern and Wamogo on Tuesday in its fall debut.