FCIAC girls soccer playoff race heats up

The fall season has flown by and we’re less than two weeks away from the start of the FCIAC girls soccer tournament.
Staples, St. Joseph, Ridgefield and New Canaan lead the pack which is battling for the eight tournament berths, with Staples and St. Joseph already owning tickets to the dance.Here’s a look at the top 11 teams which are still in the hunt.

1 – Staples Wreckers (11-0-3, 36 points)
Remaining Games: At New Canaan (10/19); Home vs. St. Joseph (10/22)
The unbeaten Wreckers picked up an important win on Friday when they defeated Darien 3-1, after playing to a scoreless tie with Ridgefield on Tuesday. They’re on the brink of clinching a quarterfinal home game and currently own the top spot in the standings. But with just two games remaining, Staples has a maximum of 6 more points available and could be passed by St. Joe’s or Ridgefield.

2 – St. Joseph Cadets (12-0-1, 36 points)
Remaining Games: Home vs. New Canaan (10/17); At Darien (10/19) and Staples (10/22)
The Cadets are also undefeated with their lone tie coming in a 1-1 game against Warde back on Sept. 15. Their last four games are as tough as they come, as St. Joe’s will face the rest of the FCIAC’s top five over the next eight days, starting with a showdown at home against Ridgefield at 4 p.m., Monday.

3 – Ridgefield Tigers (10-2-1, 31 points)
Remaining Games: At Norwalk (10/16); Home vs. Westhill (10/19) and Warde (10/22)
The Tigers had a couple of streaks come to an end on Saturday, as they surrendered a goal for the first time this season, and also suffered their first loss, 1-0, at New Canaan.

4 – New Canaan Rams (10-1-2, 30 points)
Remaining Games: At St. Joseph (10/17); Home/Conner vs. Staples (10/19); and Home/Dunning vs. Westhill (10/22)
Talk about a big week. New Canaan topped the rival Blue Wave 1-0 last Tuesday in Darien, and followed that with another 1-0 victory over previously-unbeaten Ridgefield on Saturday at Dunning Field.

5 – Darien Blue Wave (8-4-1, 25 points)
Remaining Games: At Westhill (10/16); Home vs. St. Joseph (10/19) and Norwalk (10/22)
The Blue Wave had a rough week, dropping a pair of games to fellow playoff contenders New Canaan 1-0, and Staples 3-1.
They’re still in great shape for a playoff berth and will try and get back on a winning track when they play at Westhill on Tuesday. Darien still has a shot at an FCIAC quarterfinal home game, but will likely need to win out in order to move up the ladder.

6 – Trumbull Eagles (9-5-0, 26 points)
Remaining Games: Home vs. Central (10/18) and Danbury (10/22)
The Eagles have split their last six games, but are in great shape for a playoff berth.

7 – Wilton Warriors (7-3-2, 23 points)
Remaining Games: Home vs. McMahon (10/16); At Stamford (10/19) and Ludlowe (10/22); At Warde (TBA)
The Warriors have been a bit of a run the past few weeks, going 5-1-1 with the only loss begin a 1-0 defeat against Ridgefield. They picked up an important victory on Friday when they beat Trumbull 2-0, and have another big one on tap against McMahon on Monday.
Wilton is in control of its playoff destiny, but needs to lock it down in the final four games, three of which are against playoff contenders.

8 – Brien McMahon Senators (7-3-4, 24 points)
Remaining Games: At Wilton (10/16); Home against Warde (10/20) and Central (10/22)
The Senators remaining games are a mixed bag. Their playoff fate in is on their own hands.

9t – Warde Mustangs (5-4-2, 17 points) and Westhill Vikings (6-6-2, 19 points)
Warde’s Remaining Games: Home vs. Ludlowe (10/17) and Greenwich (10/18); At McMahon (10/20) and Ridgefield (10/22); Home vs. Wilton (TBA)
Westhill’s Remaining Games: Darien (10/16); At Ridgefield (10/19) and New Canaan (10/22)

11 – Ludlowe Falcons (6-6-1, 16 points)
Remaining Games: At Warde (10/17); Home vs. Norwalk (10/19) and Wilton (10/22).