Lady Eagles making tournament splash

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Mon., Nov. 14, 2011
Tolland's Mariah Elliott (right) and Wolcott's Hayley Fehrs struggle to play through the rain in the first round of the CIAC state tournament on Nov. 10. Photos by Steve Smith.
Tolland's Mariah Elliott (right) and Wolcott's Hayley Fehrs struggle to play through the rain in the first round of the CIAC state tournament on Nov. 10. Photos by Steve Smith.

“They think it's their year,” said coach Ken Boucher of his team, after the #6-seeded lady Eagles defeated Wolcott in the first round of the CIAC class M tournament.

Tolland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals by seniors Kristen Carr, Allie Gallo and Sam Olson in the first half.

The game was suspended by officials with 34:28 to go in the second, due to water that had pooled on the field during the rain-soaked first half on Nov. 10. The game reconvened on Nov. 11, and Tolland prevailed, 6-0, with goals coming from Carr, Gallo and senior Ally Nuccio.

“We've actually been pretty awesome lately, to be honest,” Boucher said. “I sound like a homer here, but we've been playing very well. We've got all cylinders running.”

Returning senior striker Allie Gallo from injury, Boucher said, has helped an already top-notch team improve, and may be an advantage, in that other tournament teams may underestimate the Eagles, based on their record. Gallo's return, just seven games ago, has re-ignited the tag team with Carr.

“Even without her, we're 13-1-2,” he said. “One of those ties shouldn't have happened, and we should have won the game we lost. If I had had Allie in those two games, we'd probably have won them. So, we're kind of under the radar, and I kind of like that.”

Boucher said between tournament games, the team is fine-tuning small things, like set pieces, and just focusing on perfecting what the team already does well.

“We're just playing smart,” he said. “I've had a lot of these kids since they were freshmen, and I knew eventually things would gel together, and that's what's happening.”

Boucher said his team isn't preparing for any specific opponents in the tournament, but they don't have to.

“We're ready for all of them,” he said.

At press time, Tolland was preparing to face #11 seed Rocky Hill on Nov. 12. For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.


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