On a day all about rememberance and paying homage, the FCIAC is honoring Sept. 11 with a schedule topped by these five intriguing matchups.
STAPLES at DANBURY, 4 p.m.: Two traditional powers brimming with history. Staples, as a No. 21 seed reached last year’s Class LL quarterfinals before falling to No. 4 seed and eventual LL champion Farmington. Danbury, as a No. 11 seed, was ousted via forfeit in the LL semifinals to No. 7 Shelton for using an ineligible player. The Hatters enter the season with a chip on their shoulder.
ST. JOSEPH at TRINITY CATHOLIC, 4 p.m.: In 2016, St. Joseph defeated Trinity Catholic for its lone victory. Now, Trinity Catholic seeks revenge as it plays its first complete season on its new artificial turf field, Gaglio Field. Both schools are turning to new coaches (Mike Martino, Trinity Catholic; Carlos Reinoso Jr., St. Joseph) to create a different narrative.
DARIEN at TRUMBULL, 7 p.m.: Darien, which participated in both the FCIAC and Class LL playoffs last season, travels to battle defending FCIAC co-champion Trumbull under the lights.
WARDE at WESTHILL, 4:30 p.m.: A matchup of two FCIAC and Class LL playoff teams meeting on Westhill’s wider soccer turf field. Westhill enters off its third straight demoralizing loss to arch-rival Wilton.
ST. JOSEPH at TRUMBULL, 5:30 p.m.: It’s always exciting whenever these two suburban rivals get together. Both schools were FCIAC and state playoff participants in 2016.