The first round of city series action highlights a busy week ahead as the fall season reaches its midway point this week.
Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern will meet for the first time this season in boys and girls soccer and volleyball tonight. Soccer will play a doubleheader at Bristol Central and the volleyball match will be held at Bristol Eastern.
The first match on tap tonight will be the girls soccer clash that begins at 5:15 p.m.. The teams come into the game with identical 3-3 records, but the Lancers are riding high after a big overtime win against South Windsor last Friday while the Rams are seeking to rebound from a tough 2-1 loss to E.O. Smith. Eastern won both matches last season and have won five in a row in the series.
The boys match will follow the girls at approximately 7:15 p.m. Bristol Central went unbeaten through the first five games of the season but the Rams suffered a difficult loss to East Hartford in their last game and come into the contest with a 4-1-1 mark.
Eastern has struggled to a 2-4 record, but the Lancers have been playing solid soccer in their last few outings while the Rams have been bitten hard by the injury bug in the last week. The teams split the two meetings last season.
The volleyball match will be starting at 6 p.m. In a role reversal, the Rams come into the contest with the better record at 6-3. Eastern, meanwhile, is 4-4.
But the Lancers have played a much more difficult schedule and the Rams will need to play their best volleyball of the season if they hope to pull off the upset. It has been more than 20 years since Central has prevailed over Eastern on the volleyball court.
The city series matches are the first in a busy week for local teams as many are turning their sights toward qualification for the postseason.
Bristol Central’s unbeaten swim team makes its first foray into CCC South competition when it travels to Meriden on Tuesday to take on the Maloney/Platt co-op team. Central’s unbeaten boys cross country squad steps out of the CCC South for an interesting cross over match with E.O. Smith at Rockwell Park on Tuesday and Terryville’s unbeaten harriers have a tough one at home on Tuesday against Nonnewaug and Gilbert.
The St. Paul girls soccer team is the closest area team to qualifying for the postseason. The Falcons are 4-1-2 and need at least a win and a tie to qualify. They will travel to Oxford on Tuesday and come home to battle Holy Cross on Thursday.
Bristol Central’s volleyball team is two wins away from the postseason. After their battle with Eastern tonight, the Rams travel to battle Hall (6-3) on Wednesday and host Wethersfield (4-6 ) Friday.
The Central boys soccer team needs two wins to reach the postseason and has a very challenging week ahead. After the Eastern match, the Rams travel to Newington on Wednesday and take on Conard in West Hartford on Friday.
The rest of the area teams will need to wait at least another week before they can begin thinking about the state tournaments.
The Bristol Eastern boys soccer team has three tough games on tap this week with a home match under the lights against Avon on Wednesday and a visit to Southington on Friday in addition to tonight’s battle at Central.
St. Paul’s boys soccer is in the midst of a five-game losing skid and will look to get back on track today at home against winless Oxford. The Falcons travel to Holy Cross on Friday.
The Terryville boys have won just once in six matches and face two Berkshire League opponents this week. The Kangaroos travel to Litchfield to battle Wamogo tTuesday and are on the road against Housatonic on Thursday.
Terryville’s girls soccer squad has two home games on tap as they look for their second win of the season. Terryville hosts winless Wamogo Tuesday and takes on 5-1-1 Housatonic on Friday.
The Bristol Eastern girls will take on a couple of CCC interdivisional foes against Enfield on Wednesday afternoon before hosting a strong Avon team on Friday.
The Bristol Central girls are also taking on a pair of interdivisional opponents. The Rams are at Manchester on Wednesday and face 6-0-1 Simsbury under the lights at Central on Friday.
Eastern’s volleyball team continues to challenge the best of the CCC this week. The Lancers travel to 6-1 Farmington on Wednesday and battle Newington at home on Friday.
It doesn’t get any easier for Terryville’s volleyball team as they travel to battle 7-0 Nonnewaug on Tuesday in their only match of the week.
St. Paul has three matches scheduled this week. The Falcons are 3-6 on the season and face a team with the identical record tonight at Waterbury Career Academy. The Falcons are at 1-9 Watertown on Tuesday and host winless Wilby on Thursday.
The Bristol Eastern cross country team will travel to Windsor and St. Paul hosts Naugatuck, Derby and Wolcott in a quad meet on Tuesday. All of the area teams will be at the Wickham Park meet in Manchester on Saturday.
CCC South divisional action begins in girls swimming with Plainville at Bristol Eastern on Tuesday. Central travels to Plainville on Friday. The Lancers will host Suffield and St. Paul’s swimmers travel to Oxford on Friday.