FCIAC Honors Five NCHS Varsity Boys Soccer Players

2014 New Canaan High School Boys Varsity Soccer Highlights from C Hutchins on Vimeo. Congratulations to the New Canaan High School soccer team on a standout season. Led by senior tri-captains Alex Hutchins, Ted O’Rourke and Chase Williams, the team notched twice as many victories as the prior year and saw more goals scored by more players this season. O’Rourke, a center back, and junior goalkeeper Griffin Paterson made the all-FCIAC team, while midfielder Hutchins, center back Shaan Appel and midfielder Max Potter made the All-FCIAC East squad. Other highlights for the NCHS boys varsity soccer team include:

Beat higher ranked teams (including Darien and Wilton)
Six shutouts (including Darien and Wilton)
Made states
First win in states (NC, seeded #30, beat #3 seed Platt Tech 3-0) since 2011

Senior Night: State Tournament-Bound NCHS Soccer Team Plays Final Regular Season Game

Lisa O’Rourke’s son Jack, a senior captain of last year’s New Canaan High School varsity soccer team, had been on the side that won states as a freshman. This year, her son Ted is a tri-captain on the same team, and what a bookend it would be to see the state tournament-qualifying squad win that title again this season. If the Rams have a secret weapon headed into the CIAC tourney, it may be their chemistry: Most of the 17 seniors on the team have been playing soccer together with the New Canaan Soccer Association since their youth travel days. “They’re together in school and on the field and they really don’t need to look where they are,” O’Rourke said Wednesday from the stands at Dunning Field on Senior Night, moments before the Rams squared off for their final regular season game against Stamford High School. “They know where they are with respect to passing.

NewCanaanite.com Athletes of the Week: Cali Brannan and Alex Hutchins

The NewCanaanite.com Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, Connecticut Sandwich Co., Joe’s Pizza and Mackenzie’s. Congratulations to Cali Brannan and Alex Hutchins for being named NewCanaanite.com Athletes of the Week. It’s quite rare that a freshman makes a significant impact on a high school varsity team. That being said–there are few freshmen like Cali Brannan. The newest Rams running sensation has led the Girls Cross Country team in all of its meets this season, including a fourth-place finish at Tuesday’s event in Greenwich in which 5 teams participated.