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CIAC Soccer Playoffs Begin Monday; Glastonbury and Suffield Girls Top Seeds - TheSportsDept.com

CIAC Soccer Playoffs Begin Monday; Glastonbury and Suffield Girls Top Seeds

Girls Soccer

Two local teams (Glastonbury and Suffield) are No. 1 seeds in the tournaments.

Glastonbury (16-0), which is looking to win the program’s third consecutive Class LL championship, has a first-round bye and will host either No. 16 Shelton or No. 17 Fairfield Warde Wednesday at 2:00. No. 3 Enfield (13-2-1) will host No. 30 Simsbury (4-7-5) Monday at 4. If it wins, it will face either No. 14 West Haven or No. 19 E.O. Smith on Wednesday. The Eagles lost in last season’s Class M final to Northwest Catholic.                              No. 5 South Windsor (12-2-2) will face No. 28 Hamden (6-8-2) Monday at 2. If the Bobcats win, they will battle either No. 12 Wilton or No. 21 Conard Wednesday. No. 22 Manchester (6-6-4) will play at No. 11 Westhill (10-2-4) Monday at 2. If the Indians pull off the upset, it will battle either No. 6 Amity or No. 27 Fairfield Ludlowe Wednesday.

Suffield (16-0) is seeded first in Class L and is looking to win a championship after losing 2-0 to St. Joseph in last year’s tournament final. The Wildcats have a bye and will face either No. 16 Law or No. 17 Bullard Havens Wednesday at 4. No. 2 RHAM (14-1-1) could be standing in their way. The Sachems also have a bye and will face either No. 15 Mercy or No. 18 Farmington Wednesday at 2. Rockville (5-8-3) earned the final tournament seed, 25th. The Rams will travel to No. 8 Hand (12-1-3) Monday at 6 and would face either No. 9 Woodstock or No. 24 North Haven Wednesday at 2 with an upset.

In Class M, Ellington (12-2-2) is the highest-seeded local team at No. 6. The Knights will play No. 27 New Fairfield (7-7-2) Monday at 2 and would host either No. 11 Platt or No. 22 Northwestern Wednesday at 2 with a win. No. 17 Tolland (9-6-1) will attempt to win at No. 16 East Hampton         (7-4-3) Monday at 4. If the Eagles do, they will have the daunting task of playing top-seeded Plainfield (14-1-1) Wednesday.                                             No. 20 East Catholic (8-7-1) will face No. 20 North Branford (8-2-6) Monday at 4. A road triumph would give the team a Wednesday battle with either No. 4 Notre Dame-Fairfield or No. 29 Bethel.

Somers (8-8) is the lone team competing in the Class S tournament and is seeded 18th. The Spartans will play at No. 15 Parish Hill (9-7) Monday at 2 and would face second seed Old Lyme (13-1-2) in the second round Wednesday at the same time.

Boys Soccer

If any local teams go on championship runs, it would admittedly be a surprise. Glastonbury and Somers are the only local programs with top ten seeds.

Glastonbury (12-4) will attempt to repeat as LL champions as a ninth seed. The Tomahawks, who defeated Darien in last year’s final, will play No. 24 Stamford (8-5-3) Tuesday at 2 and could face either No. 8 Cheshire or No. 25 Simsbury Thursday at 2 if they beat the Black Knights.                           No. 12 South Windsor (11-5) will host No. 21 Staples (7-3-6) Tuesday at 2, and a win gives it the chance to take on either No. 5 New Milford or No. 28 Xavier Thursday. No. 17 Manchester (9-3-4) will be at No. 16 Fairfield Prep (9-3-4) Tuesday at 4 and should have the tough task of facing No. 1 Naugatuck Thursday, unless No. 33 Kennedy earns the incredible upset.

No. 11 RHAM (9-6-1) is the lone participant in Class L. The Sachems will host No. 22 Law (6-8-2) Tuesday at 2 and a win would set up a contest with No. 6 Watertown or No. 27 Newington Thursday at 2.

In Class M, No. 12 Suffield (12-3-1) will face No. 22 Bullard Havens (7-8-1) Tuesday at 2 and could play either No. 6 University/Prince Tech or       No. 27 Sheehan Thursday at 2. After capturing last year’s title by defeating Bacon Academy, Tolland (10-4-2) will attempt to repeat as the 16th seed. The Eagles will host No. 17 Ansonia (10-4-2) Tuesday at 4, with a possible battle against top-seeded Nonewaug (16-0) lingering on Thursday.             No. 18 Ellington (10-5-1) will face No. 15 Seymour (9-3-3) Tuesday at 5 and would travel to No. 2 Windam Tech (14-1-1) Thursday if it won.            No. 29 East Catholic (6-8-2) will play No. 4 Lewis Mills (14-2) Tuesday at 5, with a triumph leading to a Thursday game against either No. 13 Wilcox Tech or No. 2 Northwestern.

No. 8 Somers (11-5) is the third local team looking to repeat as a champion. The Spartans defeated Coventry in double overtime to win Class S in 2015, and are opening this year’s tournament against No. 25 Bolton (7-9) Tuesday at 2. If Somers advances, it will face either No. 9 Windsor Locks or No. 24 Two Rivers Thursday at the same time.




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