Chik Chatting: Playoff Preview
Published 3:15 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2011
As the majority of the fall sports' regular seasons come to a close, there's one certainty: We're going to be seeing a lot of the Blue Wave and the Rams in the FCIAC playoffs. That's because nearly every team at both Darien High School and New Canaan has secured a playoff spot. In several cases, each school boasts a team which may have to be considered the favorite to win an FCIAC crown.
The Darien boys soccer team put an exclamation mark at the end of a season which saw them finish 11-2-3 with a last-minute tie at Trumbull. As the No. 3 seed, the Darien has earned a home game against No. 6 Westhill (9-5-2) tonight. Westhill made the tournament despite having to forfeit three games, including its season-opener against Darien. This could be the game to watch in the first round of the tournament, as both teams ride hot streaks into the postseason.
The only team at Darien High School which entered Thursday's action with its playoff hopes still in doubt was the girls soccer team. Sitting in sixth place, the Wave (8-4-3) controlled their own playoff destiny heading into Thursday's home game against Wilton (result not available at press time). A win or a tie would punch Darien's ticket to the postseason.
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What can you say about the Darien field hockey team? Another undefeated regular season is in the books, and the Wave open the FCIAC tournament as the top-seeded team. Darien (13-0) is slated to open postseason play against No. 8 Westhill (5-7-1). Darien is likely to see some tough competition in the playoffs, so the journey to a fifth straight FCIAC crown certainly won't be an easy one, but the undefeated, untied Wave have to be considered the favorites.
The only other Darien team that can match the sheer dominance of the field hockey team is the volleyball team. Darien's volleyball team (17-0) is also slated to open the playoffs as the top seed. With games still to be played on Thursday, the FCIAC brackets haven't been finalized, but potential first round opponents include Stamford, Danbury, Westhill and Fairfield Ludlowe. Darien's dominance is further illustrated by the fact that 14 of its 17 matches have ended with a 3-0 win.
Football season is just past its midway point, but the unbeaten Darien football team is in a good position to secure a spot in the FCIAC tournament. The Wave travel to take on unbeaten Staples in a highly-anticipated Saturday morning matchup.