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Bears Clinch, Host Town Rivals

The Norwalk High School boys soccer team clinched a playoff spot in the FCIAC tournament Tuesday with a convincing 3-0 win against New Canaan. The Bears are currently the top-ranked team in the FCIAC and fourth in the entire state.

Norwalk currently leads Staples in the FCIAC standings by five points with two conference games remaining. That means the Bears can lock up the No. 1 one seed in the conference tournament with a win tonight against Brien McMahon High School, combined with a Staples loss or tie. Staples holds the tiebreaker advantage over Norwalk as the Wreckers came out on top in their one meeting of the regular season back on Oct. 1 in a 1-0 game. Norwalk last made a deep run in the postseason in 2004, reaching the FCIAC finals and the state finals, but lost both. They last won the FCIAC in 2002.

McMahon is clinging to its playoff life with a 3-2-7 record, coming off a 4-0 win over Stamford. The cross-town rivalry would usually take precedence, but it will be interesting to see how many Norwalk starters get the night off now that the playoffs are secure for the Bears. Norwalk hosts McMahon Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Testa Field.

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