My blogging game has been bad, the past week.
I’ve been all over the Connecticut map– including trips to West Haven and Glastonbury. I saw arguably the boys soccer game of the year on Tuesday.
All business aside, two playoff teams remain. Interestingly, I compared their coaches in a column last week.
Let’s wrap up the past week.
Fairfield Prep boys soccer has gone where no Jesuits’ team has gone.
Prep’s exciting, overtime, 2-1 win over Conard assured the Jesuits a deeper state tournament run than 2011.
Prep had the wealth of chances, despite having fewer fans. Three buses delivered about 150 Conard students from West Hartford to cheer on the Chieftains.
Austin Sims silenced the Conard crowd in the 15th minute of overtime,
sending the Jesuits to the Class LL semis. The junior scored his first goal since Oct. 23, a span of more than seven games.
“The whole playoffs, I haven’t really been on my game,” Sims said. “It was really nice to go out here and score a goal, especially a meaningful one like that one.”
Prep will play either Amity or Greenwich. The Spartans and Jesuits– despite being SCC rivals– did not play one another during the regular season.
Meanwhile, Ludlowe’s girls volleyball team is two wins from its own state championship.
The Falcons have reached the state semis for the third time in four years.
Each time Ludlowe’s reached the semis, it has advanced to the finals.
If the third-seeded Falcons can trump No. 2 Cheshire– Thursday at 5 at Foran High School in Milford– they’ll get either Darien or Southington on Saturday night in East Haven.
But Ludlowe coach Meghan Skelton is not concerned about that yet.
“One point at a time,” she said. “We haven’t seen Cheshire before, we don’t know what to expect.”
Lost amid much of the state tournament action is the story of the year in football.
Ludlowe football– which earned jeers for much of the year– is now on a two-game winning streak.
The Falcons’ 34-8 rout of Danbury boosted their record to 3-5, and leave Ludlowe two wins from a .500 campaign. Christian Ghiorzi had 131 yards in the victory.
McCloskey admitted his offensive line has gotten healthy, finally, and that his quarterback Matt White has grasped his offense.
“White is doing a good job with the option,” McCloskey said. “He knows when to give it and he knows when to pull it and run.”
The lame-duck coach– who announced he would resign at season’s end on Nov. 2– also admitted that his players are sad to see him go.
“There are some kids who are upset that there are upset it’s my last year,” McCloskey said.
Ludlowe girls soccer team fought with all its might on Monday at top-seeded Glastonbury.
But in the end, the mighty Tomahawks were simply too strong.
Glastonbury increased its unbeaten streak to 36 matches, with a 1-0 win over the Falcons.
“They’re incredibly physical,” Ludlowe head coach Kate Dawson said. “The most physical team we’ve played all year.”
Dawson’s first-season as Falcons’ head coach was a successful one, as Ludlowe finished 10-7-2, qualified for the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments and won a state playoff game as well.
“The leadership this year has been great,” Dawson said. “I had 10 seniors … all of them have been terrific and worked extremely hard to keep the season positive.”
Dawson’s also excited for 2013.
“We’re going to work hard,” she said. “I have a huge junior class … and a massive sophomore class. We have a lot of talent next year.”
Warde’s girls soccer team fell to Westhill in the LL’s first round, 1-0.
The Mustangs boys team battled valiantly, but fell to Amity, 1-0 on Saturday in LL’s first round.
Warde, the No. 31 seed, finished 6-9-2 and will graduate seven seniors.
“Our leadership and our character from our seniors has been great,” Warde coach Justin Ottavio said. “We have 14 juniors and hopefully they understand what it takes to be successful … I’m happy with how the season transpired.”
Ludlowe, who also finished 6-9-2, was eliminated by Prep, 1-0 in the Class LL first round.
Finally, I watched Staples and Warde play for a half in football on Saturday morning.
Make no mistake about it, the Wreckers are as good as advertised. Skill positions are good, linemen are huge and their defense swarms to the ball.
But I couldn’t help but wonder where all of Warde’s fans were.
I don’t know that it would’ve mattered. Like somehow added supporters would keep Staples from scoring 49 first-half points. Plus an 11 a.m. kickoff, three days after a Nor’easter, probably doesn’t lend itself to turnout.
But I was flabbergasted. The Wreckers brought a few hundred people up from Westport in time for kickoff, and there were no more than 30 people on the Warde side.
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.