As the high school sport season heads toward its midpoint, city series matchups in volleyball and soccer take center stage this week. All three matches will be at Bristol Eastern beginning with tonight’s big volleyball showdown in the Thomas Monahan gym.
Bristol Central has not beaten Bristol Eastern in volleyball in nearly 30 years and it will not be an easy task for the Rams again tonight, despite the impressive start they have had to the season. Both teams come into tonight’s game with seven wins, one win away from postseason qualification and near the top of the CCC standings.
The Lancers are 7-1 after struggling to a five-set win over Newington on Friday. Their only loss came against 9-1 Simsbury, the state Class L runner up in 2021, a week ago. The Rams have won six in a row after dropping tough matches to perennial state powers RHAM and Cheshire early on. They are 7-2 and hungry for that first win over the Lancers in the 21st century.
Central and Eastern will meet on the soccer pitch this week as well, but for the first time in many years it will not be a co-ed double header. The girls teams will battle at Eastern on Thursday night and the boys meet in a 5:30 pm twilight battle on Saturday night at Alumni Field.
Central’s girls, at 4-3, have the best record of the local squads heading into this week. The Rams will battle Middletown, a team they beat handily the first time around, tonight at home before taking on the Lancers. Eastern’s girls have managed just one win in a very difficult schedule and come into the week after a 5-0 loss to Farmington last Friday, The Lancers travel to South Windsor today before their showdown with the Rams on Thursday. The teams spilt their two meetings last year.
On the boy’s side, Saturday’s battle appears pretty evenly matched with both teams coming in with three wins after playing a pretty similar schedule. Eastern is 3-3-1 and has a good chance to break above .500 at home today against New Britain. Central is 3-4 after winning twice last week. The Rams have a rematch with Platt, a team they defeated 5-0 earlier in the season at home on Wednesday night.
Central won both meetings last year and has won four straight in the city series, but will be challenged to keep that string alive on Saturday.
Terryville’s soccer teams have had a very strong start to the season and are poised to be the first area soccer teams to clinch postseason berths. The Terryville boys are 5-3 after three wins last week and are a win and a tie away from the postseason. The Kangaroos are at Housatonic on Tuesday and then wrap up the week at home against archrival Thomaston (3-5) on Friday. Terryville will be seeking revenge over the Mountaineers who scored a 2-1 victory on opening day.
The Kangaroo girls have just one match this week, at home on Tuesday against Housatonic. Terryville will battle Thomaston in a special Columbus Day morning game at home next Monday. The Kangaroos are 6-2 and need just a tie over the second half of the season to claim a berth in the postseason.
St. Paul’s soccer teams have struggled in the first half, but had some success toward the end of last week and will be looking to build on that in the coming week. The boys team ended last week with a 7-2 win over Ansonia and has won two of the last three after a slow start. The Falcons have a busy three game week on tap beginning tonight at home against Wolcott. St. Paul will host a solid WCA team under the lights at home on Wednesday and wrap up the week with a trip to Torrington to battle Wolcott Tech in a non-league game on Saturday.
The St. Paul girls also have three games scheduled this week all against teams with losing records. The Falcons travel to Wolcott tonight, play at Seymour on Wednesday night and host Torrington on Friday.
Bristol Central cross country, unbeaten in CCC action and featuring one of the state’s top runners in Frankie Porrini will have its only home meet of the season on Monday when they host Lewis Mills and Maloney at Rockwell Park. Lewis Mills is the strongest league opponent the Rams have faced so far. Bristol Eastern’s runners have had some solid performances and will have a chance to add to their winning ways today in Middletown when they take on the Blue Dragons and Platt.
Terryville cross country is also running at home this week. Housatonic and Litchfield come to Terryville on Tuesday. St. Paul’s runners are in Waterbury to battle Wilby, Derby and Wolcott on the same day.
In volleyball there are some intriguing matches in addition to tonight’s city series match. The big one will be Bristol Eastern hosting RHAM, the defending Class L state champion, on Wednesday night. Eastern lost to RHAM in the regular season last year and has had some epic battles with the Raptors over the past few years. RHAM is also 7-1 on the season.
Bristol Central’s girls also face a couple of tough CCC inter divisional games this week. The Rams visit South Windsor on Thursday and travel to Simsbury to take on the top ranked Trojans on Friday.
St. Paul volleyball visits Kennedy tonight and Oxford tomorrow night before coming home to battle Ansonia on Thursday. After winning three of their last four the Falcons need two more wins to get to the 8-win postseason qualifying mark.
Terryville volleyball is struggling to find the winning combination and this week will be another challenge with three road games. The Kangaroos are at 3-3 Housatonic Regional tomorrow and visit 9-1 Goodwin Tech on Wednesday. A Friday visit to 2-5 Wamogo wraps up the week.
Bristol Central swimmers begin their CCC South competition this week at Plainville Tuesday while Bristol Eastern travels to Wethersfield along with Rocky Hill. St. Paul visits Torrington on Wednesday.
Terryville golf has one match this week, at home against Shepaug at Pequabuck on Thursday.