Boys soccer: Teams jockey for positon as return of CIAC tournaments approach

The CIAC boys soccer season is two-thirds of the way over with a week and half left in the regular season for most conferences.

Teams should be rounding into postseason form, finalizing formations and positions and angling for as many home state tournament games as possible.

The top four seeds in each class are guaranteed home games through the quarterfinals before the tournaments move to neutral sites for the semifinals and to Dillon Stadium for the championships.

A lot can change and there are some huge games on the horizon.

After not holding any fall state tournaments in 2020 because of COVID-19, teams are antsy to get back at it on the state level.


Two teams remain unbeaten in Class S, Old Saybrook (10-0-1) and Holy Cross (9-0-2). Parish Hill at 10-1-0 is actually in the No. 2 spot in Class S right now by virtue of having 30 points to Holy Cross’ 29.

Old Saybrook plays its most challenging stretch of its schedule to close out the season.

They play Cromwell twice, take on a 9-2-1 Morgan team they tied 1-1 earlier in the year and close out the slate against a 7-3-1 Valley Regional team they beat 4-3.

Holy Cross has challenges as well with games against Class LL team Naugatuck, Brookfield out of the SWC and a season-closing game against 9-1-0 Watertown.

Currently in the No. 4 spot is Aerospace at 8-1-1 out of the CRAL as is Parish Hill.

With their remaining schedules not offering any glaring pitfalls, both CRAL teams could hold onto those top-4 seeds if they both win out.

As is always the case in Class S, some of the most dangerous teams are looming in the middle of the pack hoping to win enough for home games through the second round and if things break right sneaking into the top four.

Somers, Canton, Shepaug Valley, Coventry, East Hampton and Litchfield are all currently in the top 16.


Law, Nonnewaug and Barlow are the top three teams in Class M right now and all three are unbeaten.

The fourth unbeaten team in Class M is Woodland, which is currently the No. 9 team in the Class at 7-0-3.

In between Barlow and Woodland are five teams with one loss and all of whom are state title contenders in Stonington (2019 champions), Ledyard, Suffield (2017 runner-up), Ellington (2018 and 2019 runner-up) and Weston.

Weston plays Barlow Oct. 19; Suffield and Ellington play each other Oct. 22 and Stonington plays Ledyard Oct. 29.

Nonnewaug still has top Berkshire League teams Shepaug Valley and Litchfield left, both teams they have already beaten.

Law’s toughest game may be at West Haven Oct. 20 but rival Foran also awaits on the final day of the regular season.

Woodland still has Oxford (7-1-2) and a crossover game against 8-3-1 Portland from the Shoreline Conference.

Also hanging around the top in Class M are former champions Montville (7-2-1) and Lewis Mills (6-1-3) and 2018 runner-up Morgan (9-2-1).


Hand has won Class L the last four times the tournament was played.

It should come as no surprise that the Tigers (10-0-2) have not lost this season and are the No. 2 team in Class L.

The top team at the moment, and only other unbeaten team in the Class, is Ellis Tech (10-0-1) from the CTC.

The field behind them is muddled with six 1-loss teams and six 2-loss teams.

In other words, not much is settled in Class L.

Hand has a big matchup with Xavier (9-0-1) Oct. 20 and a road game at always scrappy Cheshire on the last day of the season.

Norwich Tech at 6-4-1 is the only team left on Ellis Tech’s schedule with a winning record.

Watertown (9-1-0) is at No. 3 with games left against Torrington and in the final game of the year against 9-0-2 Holy Cross.

Oxford at No. 4 has to face Woodland Oct. 18 but three-of-the four other opponents they have left are at or below .500.

Just outside the top 4 for now, is Wethersfield whose only loss came to Farmington, still has to play 8-0-2 Hall and 7-2-1 Newington.

Bethel, Middletown, Masuk, Notre Dame-West Haven and Guilford are all in the top 16.

Also in the top 16 as of Friday is Bassick at 7-3-0.

Just below those teams are the perennially strong programs of Wilton (2019 runner-up), Brookfield (2016 champions) and Avon (2015 Champions).


Hall won the Class LL title in 2019, was the best team in the state in 2020 and has not lost in 2021.

Having said that, few teams have a tougher road to close out the regular season with two games against Glastonbury, a game against Wethersfield and a tough 5-3-3 Simsbury team.

Xavier (9-0-1) is the other unbeaten in Class LL and currently the top seed.

The Falcons still have a very challenging schedule left with Hand, Fairfield Prep, Shelton and a crossover game against Ellington from the NCCC to close the season.

Speaking of Prep, they are the No. 2 team in the Class at 10-1-0 with games left against Xavier and Notre Dame-West Haven.

The No. 4 team is Norwalk (9-1-2) out of the FCIAC.

Norwalk will play the team directly behind them, Staples (7-1-3) Oct. 19. The winner of that game should be able to lock up one of the four top seeds.

FCIAC foes Greenwich, Darien and Ridgefield all have just one loss, while Warde has only lost twice.

Darien has to play Warde, Wilton and Ridgefield over the final week.

Newington (7-2-1) has a chance to move up as the FCIAC teams beat up on each other. They play Wethersfield Nov. 2.