Lady Tomahawks winning with depth

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
GHS senior McKenzie Hollenbaugh cuts off a pass with the side of her foot during the Lady Tomahawks' 6-1 win over Windsor on Oct. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.
GHS senior McKenzie Hollenbaugh cuts off a pass with the side of her foot during the Lady Tomahawks' 6-1 win over Windsor on Oct. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.

Despite just a few games remaining in the regular season, the Glastonbury High School varsity girls' soccer team is not looking ahead to the post-season just yet. The Lady Tomahawks have a record of 11 wins and one tie, after a defeat of East Catholic at home on Oct. 18.

There are still matchups against tough teams, including fellow undefeated (at press time) South Windsor and the final game against Wethersfield on Oct. 31. But when the Tomahawks have faced easier foes and gotten out to a healthy lead, coach Joe Finochiarro sees that as an opportunity to fine-tune some skills the team might need going forward, like heading goal attempts.

Finochiarro said he's still tweaking the linup and subs, looking for the right combination to throw at tournament-caliber opponents. “We're still trying to find some rotations,” he said, adding that he won't hesitate to pull a starter out of a game if they are underperforming. “We're pretty deep. We have mutiple goal-scorers and some great contributions off the bench. It's a matter of the starters understanding that they have a certain amount of time and we've got more girls waiting.”

Last season, the team was the #1 seed going into the Class LL state tournament, but lost its second-round game (first round was a bye) to 16th-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe. When asked whether his players – many of whom were on last year's team – had playoff redemption on their minds, Finochiarro said he didn't think so.

“We always take it one game at a time, and one practice at a time,” he said. “We try to get stronger, and we're not really talking about November until November comes around, because you never know what will happen. There's still a lot of soccer to be played,” he said.

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