GHS girls' soccer team shifts gears for post-season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Nov. 8, 2011
Senior McKenzie Hollenbaugh shields the ball from her South Windsor opponent in the 0-0 match on Oct. 28. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior McKenzie Hollenbaugh shields the ball from her South Windsor opponent in the 0-0 match on Oct. 28. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School girls’ varsity soccer team finished its regular season without a loss, and now enter the CIAC Class LL tournament as the #1 seed.

Glastonbury ended with two ties, both against #2 seed South Windsor. The second test between the two teams (and the last game for GHS before the early winter storm that caused havoc with sports schedules) was a defensive 0-0 battle that clinched the top honors for Glastonbury.

While praising South Windsor for their defense, GHS coach Joe Finochiarro said his team got a little tired and couldn't find the right combinations and finishing in the final third of the contest.

“They had a lot of numbers behind the ball, and made it difficult to attack,” he said.

As the team practices and prepares for tournament play, Finochiarro said the team will be working on taking some shot opportunities sooner, and fine-tuning their finishing techniques.

Finochiarro said his philosophy will include utilizing the versatility of senior co-captain McKenzie Hollenbaugh, who can play defense and midfield, as well as take a few chances striking the ball.

Katie Connelly – a junior – who also had a near-miss in overtime versus South Windsor – and senior midfielder Liza Otto are other weapons that will hopefully take the team deep into the tournament.

For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.


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