Both of last year’s champions of the Southern Connecticut Conference soccer tournaments still have a chance to repeat.
Xavier is still in wildcard consideration with one week remaining in the regular season, but it is a longshot. So who will be crowned the boys champ on Oct. 29 at East Haven High?
Could it be Hand, which won the Hammonasset Division for the third straight year? The Tigers are searching for their first tournament title since 2010.
Could it be Shelton, which clinched the Housatonic Division title Thursday night? The Gaels have only made one appearance in the tournament semifinals – in 2004 – since the tournament’s inception in 1998.
“Our goals are to win the (SCC) Housatonic, the SCC (tournament) and to advance as far as we can in states (Class LL tournament),” Shelton coach Joe D’Auria told the Register last week.
Could it be Fairfield Prep? The Jesuits will be looking for their third title in the last four years after clinching the Quinnipiac Division on Friday with a win at Xavier.
Branford, the Oronoque Division winner, lost to Prep in 2012 in its only appearance in the finals. Branford and North Haven shared the division title this year, but Branford gets the automatic tournament berth thanks to an earlier win over North Haven, which is still alive for a wildcard berth.
West Haven and Lyman Hall should earn wildcards into the eight-team tournament beginning Saturday. West Haven and Lyman Hall would be making appearances for the first time since 1998 and 1999, respectively.
Guilford is also likely in with its league-record six titles, but the Indians are looking for their first title since 2009.
The last spot is still up for grabs with Xavier, North Haven. Notre dame-West Haven Sheehan and Law all still alive.
Lauralton Hall can win the Quinnipiac Division in its first year in the league with a win at West Haven Monday afternoon. Even with a tie or a loss, the Crusaders will be in the tournament as will Mercy, which currently sits in second place. Mercy clinches the division with a tie or loss by Lauralton.
Amity was the first team to clinch, capturing the Housy Tuesday night for the first time since 2006, also the last year the Spartans reached the tournament final.
Guilford gets a shot to defend after wrapping up the Hammonasset Division for the second straight year. Guilford beat Hand 1-0 Saturday night.
SCC Oronoque Division champ Branford will be attempting to reach the final for the third straight year.
Hand and Cheshire are in good shape for wildcards along with either Lauralton or Mercy. West Haven, Shelton and Sheehan all still are in the running.
SHORELINE TOURNAMENT – BOYS
In the Shoreline Conference boys tournament, defending champion Valley Regional and Old Lyme have clinched berths by winning the league’s Large and Small divisions, respectively. East Hampton, Old Saybrook, Haddam-Killingworth and Cromwell are battling for the other two spots in the four-team tournament.
Morgan and defending champion Old Lyme have clinched berths by winning the league’s Large and Small divisions, respectively, in the girls tournament, which begins Oct. 29. The two wildcard spots will come from among these three teams: East Hampton, Coginchaug and Haddam-Killingworth.
The finals are Oct. 31 at the Indian River Complex in Clinton.