Eagles need to win out

Six tickets have already been punched to the FCIAC playoffs and the final two tournament teams will be determined during the next three days as the boys soccer season winds up its regular season this week.

The conference tournament will begin on Friday, with quarterfinal games at the home pitch of the top four seeds.

Norwalk, which is ranked No. 1 with a 12-1-1 record and 37 points, has already wrapped up a home game for the first round, while Ridgefield and Wilton (both 11-2-1 with 34 points), can secure home games with one win or two ties in the final two games.

Greenwich (10-2-2, 32 points), Stamford (9-3-2, 29) and New Canaan (9-3-2, 29) have also clinched FCIAC playoff bids, while Staples (9-4-1, 28) and Danbury (8-5-1, 25) have the inside track for the final two seeds.

Just nine points separate the top six seeds, and only six separate the No. 2 team from the No. 7 team, meaning the final rankings could undergo wholesale changes as the games unfold this week.

The magic number to secure a playoff berth is 29, with three points being awarded for a win and one for a tie.

Staples is just one point off the mark and needs one tie or one win in its final two games to secure a spot.

The Wreckers have a pair of tough games on tap, as they host New Canaan on Monday and play at Danbury on Wednesday.

Danbury can clinch with two wins or a win and a tie, but the Hatters also have a daunting week ahead as they plays at Wilton on Monday and host Staples on Wednesday.

If either Danbury or Staples, or both, slip, that would open the door for Darien, Trumbull or Warde to join the dance.

Darien, which is 7-6-1, has 22 points and needs at least one victory in its final two games to have a shot.

The Blue Wave will play on the road against Stamford on Monday and home against Trumbull on Wednesday.

One win would give them 25 points, but they would then need Danbury to lose both its games to earn a playoff bid.

Two wins for Darien would big a huge boost, as the Wave defeated Danbury 2-0 in the head-to-head matchup this fall.

Defending champion Trumbull is in a more difficult spot, as the Eagles are 6-5-3 for 21 points and need at least a win and a tie this week to have a shot at getting into the tournament.

The Eagles play at Brien McMahon on Monday before facing Darien at DHS on Wednesday. One loss in those two games, or a Danbury split, would eliminate the Eagles.

Warde (6-6-2, 20 points) is mathematically alive, but needs to beat No. 1 Norwalk and No. 2 Ridgefield and have help from several other teams to slip in.

Either way, two games which loom large on the final day are Staples at Danbury, and Trumbull at Darien, as the results could determine the final two FCIAC playoff teams.