Second season begins for Tomahawks
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Nov. 11, 2011
After a 1-0 loss to Wethersfield on Nov. 8, the Glastonbury High School boys' varsity soccer team wrapped up its regular season record at 9-4-3.
Wethersfield got its lone goal on a penalty kick with 11:06 to go in the game. Glastonbury had several shots on goal, including a penalty kick by senior Daniel Hunt (just 17 seconds later after the Eagle's PK) that wound up in the goalkeeper's arms.
Coach Mark Landers said the fiercely defensive match was actually a good indicator of his team's preparedness for the state tournament. “I think we're ready,” he said. “We played really well. We were on the short end of the stick today, but we're playing really well right now.”
Landers has made the state tournament every season as head coach, so, in a manner of speaking, the real season starts now. But, he said the lumps the team has taken so far has helped prepare them for what's ahead.
“We have overcome a lot of adversity in terms of injuries and things like that, but we've got everybody back, everbody's healthy, and we're raring to go,” he said, adding that his team is doing well at playing its game – possessing and passing the ball, and providing scoring opportunities for its strikers.
“We're moving the ball a lot better right now,” Landers said. “We had plenty of chances, but we just couldn't get one to go in. We can pick up the pieces and get ready for the tournament.”
The defense isn't too shabby, either. “The defense has been absolutely tremendous lately,” he said. “The back four and goalkeeping has been solid, and that's what you need right now.”
With an 8-1 win over Windsor the day before, Landers jokingly said he wasn't sure if they used up all of their goals for the Wethersfield game, or if that meant the team got its scoreless game out of the way before the tournament. In reality, the loss may or may not have had an effect on the team's tournament seeding, but it ultimately doesn't matter.
“We don't really look at it that nuch,” he said. “It doesn't matter who you play, or where or when you play, you've still got to play. The kids know that, and we'll just see what happens.”