It wasn’t decided until late Tuesday, but the result was the same as the last time.
No, I’m not talking about the Presidential election, I mean the SCC boys soccer tournament.
Despite a finely played match by upstart Branford, the top-seeded Jesuits took home their second straight conference crown, 1-0 on Tuesday in West Haven.
Prep coach Ryan Lyddy’s now 2-for-2 in SCC crowns as Jesuits coach.
“Two-for-two,” he said. “It’s a great thing.”
The temperature was frigid, but that didn’t slow Kieran Bracken from potting the game’s lone goal– in the 30th minute. Although it did impact him post-game.
“It’s freezing, I can’t feel my hands,” he said. “It’s really, really cold, but good teams find a way to win.”
Will Steiner’s two saves helped him earn the tournament’s MOP award. The Villanova-bound senior pitched two shutouts and won seven of his last eight SCC tournament games.
“I’m just really happy,” Steiner said. “I think we’ve done a great of staying focused on our goals this year.”
The Jesuits simply impose their will on teams. Their defense frustrates attacks and they have a timely-enough offense that one goal is often enough.
Speaking of Prep soccer, the third-seeded Jesuits will get to host a local foe in Thursday’s Class LL first round.
Prep will get to play the closest opponent it possibly could, when Ludlowe will trek the 1/2 mile down Barlow Road. The Falcons and Jesuits are scheduled to meet Thursday at 3:45 in the state’s first round.
“They are probably the best six-win team in the state,” Prep assistant coach Tim Dee said, via text message, on Wednesday. “It should be fun for the guys to play guys they have grow up with with a lot on the line.”
This will be the second time in three years Prep will open with an FCIAC opponent in the state’s first round. The Jesuits were ousted by Bridgeport Central at home in Class LL in 2010.
Ludlowe — the No. 29 seed in Class LL — hasn’t won a state tournament game since 2009.
Other Fairfield teams’ state tournament first matches are as follows:
- Warde boys soccer is Class LL’s No. 30-seed, will play at No. 2 Amity, Thursday at 2 p.m.
- Ludlowe girls soccer is Class LL’s No. 16 seed and will host 17th-seeded Shelton Friday at 2 p.m.
- Warde girls soccer is the No. 12 seed in LL and will host No. 23 Westhill on Friday at 4 p.m.
- Warde girls volleyball is Class LL’s No. 17 seed and will play at No. 16 Ridgefield on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The winner will play No. 1 Darien.
- Ludlowe girls volleyball is Class LL’s No. 2 seed and will have a first-round bye. The Falcons will play either No. 14 East Hartford or No. 19 New Britain.
- Warde field hockey is Class L’s No. 11 seed and will play at No. 6 Glastonbury on Friday at 2 p.m.
Reminder — especially thanks to Wednesday’s snowstorm — all times and dates are tentative and subject to change.
The Fairfield Ludlowe girls volleyball team’s FCIAC “semifinal” match with Stamford, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed until Thursday.
The Falcons can claim the league’s co-championship with a win over the Black Knights, yet according to Ludlowe coach Meghan Skelton, that’s really not good enough.
“I don’t think anyone’s happy,” Skelton said Tuesday after her team’s 3-0 win over Westhill. “We want it. We want it by ourselves, obviously.”
There’s not much the league can do– especially at this point. Although I know I’d like to see Ludlowe and Darien meet at about 9 p.m. on Thursday to crown the championship.
Though that’s not feasible– and won’t happen– Skelton appreciates that her squad will get a second chance at the Blue Wave, just as Ridgefield, Warde, Greenwich, Stamford and Trumbull will.
“The good news is, we have states. All of our teams are in,” Skelton said. “We kind of have a chance at a rematch.”
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.