Connecticut Girls’ Soccer League Tournament Prospects

TOP PLAYERS: Bella DeJesus, Windham Tech, Sr., F; Grace Smith, Windham Tech, Sr., D; Tori Iozzi, Ellis Tech, Jr., F; Angela Zandri, Wilcox Tech, Jr., M; Ellie Lopez, Wilcox Tech, Fr., F

FAVOURITES: Windham Technology

DARK HORSES: Ellis Tech, Wilcox Tech

OUTLOOK: Windham Tech is in line to win its second straight CTC Championship. The team has not lost or equaled a single league game. Wilcox Tech came closest, losing 1-0.

FCCIA

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Staples

TOP PLAYERS: Julia Bike, St. Joseph, Sr., D; Evelyn Chudowsky, Staples, Jr., F: Samantha DeWitt, Staples, Sr., D; Charlotte Kemp, Ridgefield, Sr., D; Alexa Pino, St. Joseph, So., F; Caroline Spengler, Fairfield Ludlowe, Mr Jr.

FAVOURITES: St. Joseph, Staples, Ridgefield

DARK HORSES: Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Warde

OUTLOOK: Staples built on their FCIAC championship, also claiming a co-class LL state title with league foe Wilton. Staples knocked out St. Joseph in last year’s FCIAC semi-finals on penalties. St. Joseph beat Staples last week to earn the top seed in this area. Ridgefield and his stiff defense – the Tigers have allowed just three goals – will be tough to beat. Fairfield schools have also had very good seasons. It should make for a great tournament.


NVL

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Woodland

TOP PLAYERS: Dani Celotto, Woodland, Jr., F; Dani Perugini, Watertown, Sr., M; Juliana Dane, St. Croix, Sr., M; Bella Milburn, St. Croix, So., F; Lauren Sonski, Naugatuck, Sr., M

FAVOURITES: Woodland, Watertown, St. Croix

DARK HORSES: Wolcott

OUTLOOK: Woodland lost their best player, Paige Letourneau, to a season-ending injury, but the Hawks are the regular-season champions. In fact, Woodland enters the league tournament on a 10-game winning streak. The Hawks haven’t lost a single league game. Woodland is the repeat favorite. Watertown only lost 1-0 to Woodland and Holy Cross tied the Hawks. So there is a chance that the Hawks will be dethroned.

LITTORAL

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Morgan

TOP PLAYERS: Caeley Ayer, Morgan, Sr., F; Katie Martin, Morgan, Sr., M; Lily Kenney, Cromwell, Sr., GK: Katie Farr, Coginchaug, Sr., F

FAVOURITES: Morgan, Cromwell

DARK HORSES: Coginchaug

OUTLOOK: Morgan won the Shoreline Championship in spectacular fashion last November, scoring in overtime to defeat Portland. The Huskies will be on the defensive in this tournament – they haven’t allowed a goal in their last five games and have 11 shutouts. That includes a scoreless tie with Cromwell on Monday. It’s going to be hard to upset either of these two teams heading into the league game.

CCS

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mercy

TOP PLAYERS: Gabby Tirado, Cheshire, Sr., F; Melina Ford, Mercy, Sr., GK: Kate Donlan, Sr., F; Maya Howard, Hand, Sr., F; Juliana Garcia, Sacred Heart Academy, Sr., F; Ava Ferrie, Branford, Sr., M

FAVOURITES: Cheshire, Mercy

DARK HORSES: Hand, Branford

OUTLOOK: Sacred Heart Academy derailed Cheshire’s chance at a 16-0 regular season by tying the final 6-6. The Rams have only allowed more than one goal once. They haven’t faced Mercy, the defending champion, and can only meet the Tigers in the final. One of Mercy’s losses came against West Haven – their quarter-final opponents. Hand and Guilford also meet for the third time in the first round.


CFCs

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brookfield

TOP PLAYERS: Rylee McGee, Brookfield, Jr., M; Macie Mietz, Bethel, Jr., M; Sara Rieger, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Jr: F: Riley Powers, Newtown, Sr., M/F:

FAVOURITES: Brookfield, Notre Dame, Newtown

DARK HORSES: Pomperaug, Masuk, Bethel

OUTLOOK: Perhaps the most balanced league tournament. Brookfield won its first league championship in 40 years when the Bobcats were in the old WCC. They haven’t lost a game this season, but are the second seed thanks to four draws. Two were against Notre Dame, the top seed, and Newtown. Brookfield won it as the No. 5 seed in 2021. Any of the six teams can win it this season.

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