Lady Eagles soccer team making up for early loss

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011
THS junior Sammie Olsen (in blue) fights for the ball near the RHAM goal in the Eagles' 3-0 victory on Sept. 19. Photos by Steve Smith.
THS junior Sammie Olsen (in blue) fights for the ball near the RHAM goal in the Eagles' 3-0 victory on Sept. 19. Photos by Steve Smith.

For the Tolland High School girls’ varsity soccer team, the season started with a 2-1 loss to Hall, but the Eagles haven’t looked back, with back-to-back shutout wins over Fermi at home on Sept. 16 and at RHAM Sept. 19.

After that second win, coach Ken Boucher said he was pleasantly surprised that his team triumphed over RHAM. “I expected more. I think we pretty much controlled this game,” Boucher said, adding that the taller grass in Hebron was something his players had to adjust to. “We like to play the feet, and we had to change it around. I like that we were able to adapt,” he said.

This season’s team has 10 seniors, six of whom have played for Boucher since he started four years ago, so experienced players are abundant.

After the RHAM game, Boucher said he liked his players’ unselfish play in the middle of the field, but said they perhaps should have been more selfish when taking shots on goal.

Expecting improvement, Boucher said the team is working on defense, especially keeping their opponents from advancing, and cutting off passes. “When we get to the tournament, and the ball gets in the corner, we want to be able to win it back,” he said. “We forced about three or four errors today, but we hope to do more.”

The recent wins, but more importantly the talent he has seen his players exhibit on the field, has the coach feeling very confident about what the rest of the season will bring for the Eagles. “We’re not just one-dimensional,” Boucher said. “We’re very good at possession and we’re using the field very well. If [the other team] takes away our outside game, we’ll go down the middle. If they take away our middle game, we’ll open it up. I have a group that can think and adapt. This group is good enough to run the table if we stay healthy and play within ourselves.”

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