The CSL has been CT'S top semi professional soccer league since 1947.
The 2018-19 Connecticut Soccer League Week 1
The 2018-19 Connecticut Soccer League (CSL) season started today!
The CSL has been CT’s premier semi-professional soccer league since 1947.
Week One slated three matches.
West Haven Peru made their league debut hosting CSL sophomores, Manchester Silk City. The Boys in Silk were eager to return to the competition and display the progress they made after a full year in the league.
The Oranges got off to a very quick start with a clear cut chance, but were ultimately unable to convert.
It was Peru who got on the scoring sheet off a set piece into the box that caught a deflection ending up in the back of the net. Silk City thought they had equalized with a backheel effort by Conrad Beebe, but the initial pass was ruled offside.
In the end, it was the lone goal that was enough to make Club Peru’s debut a success.
The day’s second match-up featured Fairfield’s Ole International hosting Sporting Hartford in a highly anticipated clash of two CSL debutants.
The match was an instant classic as both sides battled back and forth in the five goal thriller. Fairfield opened the scoring early, but Hartford wasted little time, scoring the equalizer just moments after. The match was a showcase of Fairfield’s technical ability and a display of Hartford’s athleticism. It was Fairfield’s flair that helped them find the back of the net to go up 2-1, but only for six minutes before Hartford again found the equalizer.
Both sides persisted, knocking on the door of a winning goal, but it was Sporting Hartford who ultimately found the 3-2 winner and the three points away from home.
The third match of the day pitted historic rivals Glastonbury Celtic against two-time defending champions Newtown Pride. The two clubs met in the 2015 and 2016 CSL finals with Newtown winning both games.
Glastonbury began the match looking the more dangerous side, but were unable to convert any of their created chances. As the first half wore on, Newtown were able to settle in and play their trademark possession style.
The second half displayed a resurgent Newtown, who scored 3 goals within 15 minutes. The Pride began to run out of steam towards the end of the match, allowing Celtic to capitalize with a late goal but it was Newtown who came away with the victory and the three points.
The fourth match of the day between two historic CSL mainstays Hartford Portuguese Club vs Polonia Falcon was rescheduled for October 12. Both teams make 2018 debut next week.
Last year's CSL final runner-up Waterbury City FC had a bye week. The boys from Waterbury make their debut next week in the CSL game of the week and a rematch from last year's finals vs defending champs Newtown Pride FC. This match has all the hype to be a classic and the entire city of Waterbury seems to be behind the beloved second year club.