Watch live: Greenwich boys soccer on HAN Thursday

Boys soccer makes its HAN Network Thursday live from Greenwich.

Two days after opening the 2015 season at home against Bridgeport Central, the Wilton Warriors travel to Greenwich Thursday, Sept. 17, to face one of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference favorites this fall.

The 4:30 p.m. game will be broadcast live on the HAN.Network, and its affiliate websites — including WiltonBulletin.com and FCIAC.net. All regular season Connecticut sports contests on HAN.Network are broadcast for free. You can see the initial fall schedule here.

HAN’s Rob Adams and Tim Murphy talk with the Wilton boys soccer captains about the season:

Greenwich has a wealth of players returning from last year’s 16-4-2 team, which lost to Fairfield Ludlowe, 1-0, in the conference title game and Farmington, 2-1 in overtime, in the Class LL state semifinals.

The Cardinals’ top returnee is also among the state’s top players: Senior forward Nick Bartels. Bartels scored 29 goals and added 16 assists in 2014, earning All-FCIAC and All-State honors.

Greenwich also welcomes back junior goalie Jose Romero (All-FCIAC first team), who emerged as one of the conference’s premier keepers last season, and junior forward Alejandro Maclean

HAN’s Rob Adams talks with the Greenwich boys soccer captain Nick Bartels about the season:

Wilton, meanwhile, has its own designs on entering the conference’s upper echelon this year. The Warriors feature a program-record 23 seniors, many of whom featured prominently on last season’s 8-7-3 squad, which qualified for both the FCIAC and state tournaments.

Wilton’s strength could be its central defense, anchored by seniors (and returning starters) Patrick Prinner and Matt Ravichandran. Ravichandran was an All-FCIAC first team selection last year, while Prinner made the All-FCIAC East squad. They will look to keep the heat off goalies Grey Livingstone and Mitchell Bascom, who are tasked with replacing Will DeSantis (All-FCIAC East) in net for the Warriors.

Senior Jack Brandt, a first team All-FCIAC choice in 2014, gives Wilton a legitimate threat up front. Brandt led the team a year ago with eight goals and 11 assists.

Senior Jordan Lord, a senior captain along with Brandt, Prinner and Ravichandran, should be a stalwart in midfield for the Warriors, with classmates Josh Reeve and Henry Allers having the potential to be significant contributors on offense.

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaces HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.

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The view of Cardinal stadium from the HAN Network Drone as it flew over the field on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The view of Cardinal stadium from the HAN Network Drone as it flew over the field on Thursday, Sept. 3.

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