After strong opening week, challenges lie ahead this week for area high school sports teams

Published on Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:12

Staff writer

It was a pretty good week for many of the area high school sports teams last week, but a number of big challenges lie ahead.

St. Paul girls soccer and Bristol Central boys soccer, girls swimming and boys cross country all remain unbeaten on the season after a very successful opening week. And only one of the area teams is still looking for that elusive first victory.

Among the challenges on tap this week for local squads include a battle of unbeatens today at St. Paul, a couple of big CCC South soccer battles between Bristol Eastern and Berlin at the end of the week, the debut on the new turf field at home for the Bristol Central girls soccer squad on Tuesday and a CCC South volleyball showdown for the much-improved Central girls at Middletown on Friday night.

The St. Paul girls soccer team survived a battle with conference foe Watertown last week, as it came away with a 2-2 tie to remain unbeaten on the season. The Falcons put that unbeaten mark on the line three times this week, starting with a matchup at home this afternoon against another unbeaten team in 2-0-1 Wolcott. The Falcons then take to the road for games against Sacred Heart on Wednesday and Woodland on Friday.

Central’s boys soccer team opened with two big wins over tough area rivals as they downed Plainville and Southington last week. The Rams travel to Windsor for an interdivisional battle Tuesday and visit Middletown Friday afternoon as they bid to remain unbeaten.

Central’s boys cross country squad continued its dominance of CCC South foes with an easy pair of wins last week, and with a solid pack of strong runners, all hitting the 5K mark in under 18 minutes, should have little difficulty maintaining the unblemished mark against Plainville and Platt in Meriden on Tuesday.

Central’s girls suffered an opening day loss to Berlin, but will look to take control of the Patriot Division against the Blue Devils on Tuesday.

The Bristol Central swimmers opened the season with wins over East Hartford and Bulkeley last week, but will find the going a bit more difficult this week as they host Newington at the Malone Pool on Tuesday and travel to Farmington on Friday.

Bristol Eastern boys soccer is the lone area team that is still looking for its first victory. The Lancers face another tough week in a difficult schedule as they travel twice. They visit New Britain on Tuesday and take on CCC South foe Berlin at Sage Park on Saturday night at 5 p.m.

Eastern’s girls soccer team suffered a tough loss to powerful Farmington on Friday night. Eastern comes home for two games this week that could be a good indication of how strong the Lancers will be. Rocky Hill is in on Tuesday and CCC South contender Berlin comes to town on Friday afternoon.

After opening with two games on the road, the Bristol Central girls soccer team will finally get to play on the new turf field when they host New Britain on Tuesday. The Rams are coming off a big win at Hall last Friday night and hope to build on that victory against the Hurricanes. Central faces a much tougher challenge when 3-0 Middletown comes in on Friday afternoon.

Terryville’s boys and girls soccer teams both found the win column against Gilbert last week, but will have their hands full this week with Northwestern and Shepaug on the schedule. The girls host Northwestern today and the boys travel to Winsted on Tuesday. The boys are home against Shepaug while the girls travel on Friday.

St. Paul’s boys soccer team ran into a buzzsaw at Watertown as it lost for the first time last week. The Falcons should be able to get back on track this week against Sacred Heart under the lights at home tonight and with Woodland at St. Paul on Thursday.

In volleyball, Bristol Central’s girls are off to a strong start despite a disappointing loss to Conard last week. The Rams face a difficult challenge on the road at Middletown on Friday night, but hope to go into that game on a winning streak, as they battle Bulkeley and Bloomfield before taking on the Blue Dragons.

Eastern’s volleyballers stumbled twice last week, but should get it turned around with two road matches this week. The Lancers are at Rocky Hill tonight and visit Berlin on Friday.

St. Paul volleyball evened its record at 2-2 with a split last week. The Falcons host Torrington on Wednesday and Kennedy on Thursday.

Terryville has three games on tap this week as it looks to improve its 1-2 mark. The Kangaroos host Wolcott today, then travel to Housatonic on Tuesday and Crosby on Thursday.

Eastern’s cross country teams are home against Maloney on Tuesday, while St. Paul takes on Wilby, Waterbury Career and Woodland in a quad meet in Waterbury and Terryville battles Lewis Mills and Shepaug in Burlington.

Eastern’s swimmers visit Hall on Tuesday and Newington on Friday, while St. Paul will travel to Naugatuck on Tuesday and visit Holy Cross on Friday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:12. Updated: Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:14.