After they couldn’t pick a winner when they met in the regular season, it might be fitting that the Darien Blue Wave and Staples Wreckers will meet in the opening round of the FCIAC boys soccer playoffs. The match will be carried live on the HAN Network Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3:30.
Darien will host the match in the FCIAC postseason pay-per-view event. The Blue Wave secured the No. 2 seed in the tournament on Monday with a 3-1 win over Trumbull, knocking the Eagles out of the eight-team postseason tournament. Staples ended up with the seventh seed after Greenwich beat New Canaan, 3-1, Tuesday in the last game of the regular season.
Darien finished the regular season 10-1-5 and just one point behind No. 1 Danbury (11-2-3, 36 points). Staples finished 8-4-4 (28 points). See complete FCIAC standings here.
The two teams played to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 8 this season — thanks to Darien’s Sam Pfommer’s goal with just five seconds remaining in regulation. Staples had gone up by a goal nine minutes earlier thanks to Graham Gudis’s penalty kick. Last season, Darien knocked Staples out of the Class LL state quarterfinals.
HAN’s FCIAC postseason pay-per-view postseason coverage kicks off it’s coverage of nine postseason games over 10 days with the boys soccer quarterfinals this Thursday. HAN will also provide live coverage of both boys soccer semifinals and the championship. (See complete schedule below.)
The PPV events are part of HAN’s three-year broadcasting deal with the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. It costs $7.50 for a day pass or $35 ($25 if you subscribe by this Wednesday) for the entire package of 11 to 12 events. With the subscription, you can also watch the contests on-demand before they are open up for free on this site. Click here for more information and details on how to sign up.
With the subscription, you can also watch the contests on-demand. On-demand broadcasts become free 72 hours after the event. A portion of this money goes back to the FCIAC for its operations and to support high school athletics in Fairfield County.
Here’s schedule by date, time, sport, round of playoffs, and location (you can find seedings at our partner website, FCIAC.net):
Thursday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.: Boys Soccer FCIAC quarterfinal, Staples at Darien
Monday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.: Boys Soccer FCIAC semifinal, Fairfield Ludlowe
Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.: Boys Soccer FCIAC semifinal, Fairfield Ludlowe
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. Field Hockey FCIAC semifinal, New Canaan
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: Field Hockey FCIAC semifinal, New Canaan
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m.: Girls Soccer FCIAC Championship, Norwalk
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.: Boys Soccer FCIAC Championship, Norwalk
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Field Hockey FCIAC championship, Brien McMahon
Saturday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.: Volleyball FCIAC championship, Fairfield Ludlowe
Saturday, Nov. 21, TBA: Football FCIAC Championship, Stamford
Thursday, Nov. 26, 10:30: Football Turkey Bowl: New Canaan at Darien
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