FCIAC executive secretary John Kuczo sent out an e-mail to athletic directors two days ago regarding a rule change for postseason soccer games that no one was aware of.
Instead of playing two 10-minute overtime periods to settle ties, if one team is leading at the end of the first period, it will be declared the winner.
The rule was met with scorn at today’s FCIAC Tournament quarterfinal game between Staples and Westhill, which the Wreckers won, 5-0. Staples AD Marty Lisevick said no one knew when or why the CIAC soccer committee made the decision, and that state soccer coaches apparently were not even polled about it.
The preferable format would be sudden-death overtime, but under the new rule, if weather is a factor, a team winning the coin toss is going to have a huge advantage.
So much for the idea of golden goals. If a team wins in the first overtime period, are we going to call them silver goals?
More importantly, for you historians out there, save for the Division I boys basketball tournament, which it got rid of after two years, can anyone out there remember the CIAC implementing a rule that actually improved high school sports in Connecticut?