The highschool soccer season begins in Waterbury

CIAC football plans for Fall 2021 have been released, and the first game since the 2019 Connecticut State Championships will be played in Waterbury.

Wilby will meet Ansonia on September 9th at 6pm at Ray Snyder Sr. Field (community stadium). It will be the first game for the new Wildcats head coach Preston Soeprasetyo and quite an introduction to the NVL.

Here is the rest of the schedule for the first week:

Friday: Naugatuck in Oxford, 6 p.m.; Lewis Mills at Capital-Achivement, 6; WCA at Watertown, 7; St. Paul at Kennedy, 7; Notre Dame-West Haven in Cheshire, 7; Forest at Crosby, 7; Holy Cross at Torrington, 7; Maloney in Southington, 7; Northwest United (Wolcott Tech, Wamogo, Nonnewaug) at Platt Tech, 7; Pomperaug in Newtown, 7; Wolcott at the derby, 7:30 a.m.

Saturday: Stafford-East Windsor-Somers at Gilbert-Northwestern at 11 o’clock; Quinebaug Valley at Wilcox Tech-Meriden (Kaynor Tech), 7pm

There are also two new Thanksgiving Week games, in part because of the Sacred Heart closure.

Wilby, who used to play Sacred Heart, will face the WCA at 6pm on Tuesday, November 23rd at Snyder Field.

Gilbert-Northwestern, who played WCA the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, will receive Granby-Canton at Van Why Field on Thanksgiving morning instead.

Ansonia, which has not lost an NVL game since the 2010 competition against Naugatuck (38-20), has Holy Cross in week 3 (September 24), Seymour in week 7 (October 21) and Naugatuck in week 12 (Nov. 25). All three of these games take place on Nolan Field. The Chargers haven’t lost a regular season game since 2014 when Newtown beat them 14-8.

Other notable games: Watertown at Wolcott (September 17, 6:30 am); Seymour in Watertown (Oct. 1, 7); Cheshire at Norwalk (Oct. 2, 4); Southington in Middletown (October 8, 6:30 a.m.); Wolcott in Seymour (October 8, 7); Cheshire in Newtown (October 22, 7); Pomperaug in North Haven (October 29, 7); Holy Cross in Naugatuck (Oct. 29, 7); Gilbert / Northwest near Derby (November 18, 7); and Seymour on the Holy Cross (October 19, 6:30 am).

This will be the first season of Northwest United co-op that Nonnewaug is adding to Wolcott Tech and Wamogo.

Nonnewaug would be part of a collaboration with Sacred Heart and Kaynor Tech until Sacred Heart closes.

Kaynor Tech will partner with Wilcox Tech-Meriden.

Housatonic, which didn’t have enough players to host the former MCW United co-op, is sending players to the Gilbert / Northwestern co-op. Housatonic’s sporting director Anne MacNeil said Tuesday that the cooperative was approved, parenting meetings were held and weightlifting began.

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