Opening matchups for CCC, NVL playoffs are set for this week

Published on Sunday, 8 November 2020 12:36
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

@ryanchichester1

The matchups are officially set for the Central Connecticut Conference’s playoff experience, which will last through this week and bring an end to the shortened fall sports season.

The action begins on Monday with soccer, volleyball and field hockey, and will run through Friday afternoon.

A quick refresher: Regions with eight teams will have two separate tournaments, one that features the 1-4 seeds and the other the 5-8 seeds. The losers of the first-round matchups will play each other in a consolation game, giving every team a guaranteed two postseason contests. For regions with less than eight teams, a round robin will be played to determine a champion.

In boys soccer, Bristol Eastern will be traveling to take on top-seeded Farmington in Region B on Tuesday at 4 p.m., a team the Lancers tied 1-1 back on Nov. 4. Eastern’s rival Bristol Central earned the third seed in the Region B tournament and will face No. 2 Plainville on Tuesday. The Rams, fresh off of a 3-0 win over Eastern on Saturday, split a pair of meetings with the Blue Devils so far this season.

Another battle between local teams will take place in Region B on Monday, when New Britain heads to fifth-seeded Southington at 3:45 p.m. These two teams have not met since the opening game of the season, which ended in a scoreless tie. The Hurricanes are still searching for their first win of the year.

There are only six teams in Region D, which means a pair of round robins will take place, with three teams competing in each one. Newington will take on Maloney on Wednesday and rival Wethersfield on Friday, while in the other pod, Berlin will head to Bulkeley on Monday before welcoming Platt on Wednesday.

Over in girls soccer, there are more scheduled battles between area teams, starting in the lower bracket of Region B with winless New Britain taking on fifth-seeded Bristol Central on Monday. The two teams faced off twice already this year, both resulting in dominant 7-0 wins for the Rams. The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Also in the lower bracket, seventh-seeded Plainville will visit Avon on Monday at 2:45 p.m., as the Blue Devils will look to avenge a narrow 3-2 loss at home back on Oct. 15.

Yet another local bout awaits in the upper bracket of Region B, where Bristol Eastern will look to find away to stun top-seeded Southington, which heads into the tournament at 12-0, its second straight undefeated regular season. The game is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., when the Lancers will look to change the narrative of this head-to-head matchup, which has featured a pair of five-goal wins for the Blue Knights.

The local bouts continue in Region D, which has only an upper bracket due to Middletown and Rocky Hill not participating in postseason play. Third-seeded Newington and second-seeded Berlin will square off on Monday at 4:30 p.m., both teams coming in with seven wins on the season. These two teams are already plenty familiar with each other, having faced off three times this season, and both teams have won one, lost one and tied. Both games that didn’t end in a draw were decided by just one goal.

In girls volleyball, Region D will have Berlin start the week’s action for local squads when it hosts sixth-seeded Bulkeley on Monday, having handled the Bulldogs in previous matchups. Newington will then face Bulkeley on Tuesday before facing the Redcoats on Thursday in round robin action. In Region B, Bristol Eastern earned the top seed after a perfect season, and will host No. 4 Avon on Monday at 6 p.m. The Lancers beat Avon 3-1 in the regular season, one of just two teams that claimed a set over Eastern so far this year. The other was Bristol Central, which will take on Farmington on Tuesday at 6 p.m., a team the Rams beat 3-1 earlier in the year. Should both Eastern and Central win, it would set up a championship rivalry matchup on Thursday, just weeks after the two teams battled through a five-set classic won by the Lancers.

Elsewhere in Region B, New Britain will head to Lewis Mills on Tuesday as the seventh seed in the lower bracket, a team the Hurricanes edged 3-2 early in the season before getting swept in round two. Fifth-seeded Southington will welcome eighth-seeded Plainville on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

In field hockey, Newington will host Conard on Monday at 3:30 p.m., a team it lost to twice this year. It will then battle East Catholic on Friday, which represents Newington’s only win of the year so far. Southington, still searching for its first win, plays Farmington on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m., a team it lost to 3-1 earlier in the year. It will then play Lewis Mills on Friday.

In cross country, Region B teams will compete in a race on Tuesday at Stanley Quarter Park, while Region D will also be running on Thursday at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill.

Elsewhere, St. Paul and the NVL has finalized its postseason slate as well. The Falcons will have two postseason games on Monday, with the boys soccer team heading to face Torrington at 5 p.m. It will be the team’s first game since having to shut down due to a covid case following a 3-1 win over Wolcott on Oct. 22.

The girls volleyball team will host Holy Cross on Monday at 5 p.m., a team it has battled into five sets twice in as many matchups this season, winning one and losing one.

The girls soccer team will compete in the semifinals on Tuesday, hosting Wolcott at 5 p.m. The two teams met in the regular season finale last week, which the Falcons won 2-1.

The diving championships for the NVL will be on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Watertown High School, while the swim events will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. The cross country championships will be run on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Park in Watertown.

Per league policy, no spectators will be allowed at any of the NVL events.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Sunday, 8 November 2020 12:36. Updated: Sunday, 8 November 2020 12:39.