Welcome all those of you looking for a girls soccer preview. Now that the FCIAC season is over we can begin to explore options for both the Mustangs and Falcons, and handicap the rest of the FCIAC playoffs.
WARDE GIRLS SOCCER
Final Record, Seed: 7-3-5, seventh
First round opponent: at No. 2 New Canaan, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Odds of winning FCIAC: 20-1
Breakdown: The Mustangs crept into the FCIAC playoffs with its win over Bridgeport Central on Thursday, 5-0. That win coupled with Darien’s loss and Staples’ loss gives Warde the No. 7 seed. Warde enters the tournament on a nice little streak, going 4-1-3 in its last eight FCIAC games. Earning the No. 7 seed brings the Mustangs a date with New Canaan, whom the Mustangs tied 0-0 on Sept. 30. The Rams probably should have won at least 1-0, but Warde had some help from a goal post or two and goalkeeper Ali Rocchi. The Mustangs should be able to compete with New Canaan, but who knows what the story is if the two get to overtime or a shootout.
Prediction: Loses tomorrow to New Canaan.
LUDLOWE GIRLS SOCCER
Final Record, Seed: 8-5-2, sixth
First round opponent: at No. 3 Westhill, Saturday, 2 p.m.
Odds of winning FCIAC: 18-1
Breakdown: Ludlowe struggled in its 2-0 loss to Westhill on Oct. 19, that game really should have been more like 3-0 or 4-0. The Falcons have been an enigma all year, with inconsistent play coupled with strikes of brilliance. Ludlowe has lost to Darien and Staples, yet handed Ridgefield its only loss of the season. The sky is the limit for the Falcons, but the floor could be Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Prediction: Loses in quarterfinals to Westhill.
FCIAC Girls Soccer prediction
Ridgefield is the No. 1 seed and Ludlowe was the only team that beat the Tigers all year. I think that the Tigers roll past Staples and into the quarters where they’ll take on Greenwich. Ridgefield beat Greenwich 4-3 in their meeting earlier in the year. I think Ridgefield settles down and wins.
New Canaan and Westhill will be the other semifinal. Neither squad played the other this year, which will make for an interesting matchup. I think Westhill comes out victorious.
In the final, I think Ridgefield deals Westhill its first loss since the Tigers defeated the Vikings on Sept. 18. I predict that Ridgefield will be your 2009 FCIAC Girls Soccer champion.
St. Joseph (5-1) at Warde (4-2), tonight, 7 p.m. Tetreau/Davis Field: The Cadets/Hogs are not happy after their loss to New Canaan on Saturday and will come out hungry. Expect St. Joes to have a feast. Pick: St. Joseph 45, Warde 7.
Staples (6-0) at Ludlowe (3-3), tonight, 7 p.m. Taft Field: This game was an 8-7 game last year. This year should be a different story. The Wreckers are the No. 4 ranked team in the CSWA poll and despite Ludlowe’s most recent hot stretch, the Falcons probably won’t have the horses to keep up with Staples. Pick: Staples 35, Ludlowe 13.
Hamden (5-1) at Prep (0-6), tonight, 6 p.m., Alumni Field: Talk about a feast. The Green Dragons fell to Xavier a week ago, which bounced them from the CSWA poll. Hamden will be looking for revenge and will likely dominate a severely overmatched Jesuit team. There could be a suspension after this one. Pick: Hamden 50, Prep 7.
Bethel (5-1) at ND (1-5), tomorrow, 1 p.m., McCarty Stadium: Brody Brandstatter and his squad will put up a fight, but Bethel is a very good team. They should win handily. Pick: Bethel 33, ND 14.
Odds and Ends
The Yankees should be extremely pleased with the way AJ Burnett last night. I believe that Pedro Martinez awoke a sleeping giant with his words and actions. Expect the Yankees to win game 3… Also expect Nick Swisher to return to the Yankee lineup for game 3. Jerry Hairston Jr. had a nice game last night, but with the elimination of the DH the Yankees will need all the bats they can get… Philly vs. New York is the theme of the weekend. The Giants play the Eagles on Sunday and the Knicks take on the Sixers on Saturday night. No hockey duals between the towns though… This isn’t a must-win game for the Giants, but they need to win. Losing three straight would be bad, but losing three straight and the division lead would be worse. That would leave the Giants open to (gasp) miss the playoffs… Lost in the MLB and NFL talk is that the Southeast Conference officiating missed a call again in the Mississippi State game with Florida on Saturday night. The
SEC had to issue an apology in Florida’s game the week prior.
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