Somers High School boys’ soccer reaches CIAC final
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Tue., Nov. 22, 2011
Last week, the Somers High School boys’ soccer team was taking the CIAC Class S tournament by storm. Ending regular-season play with a record of 13-3, coach John Pantuosco and his team of 25 surpassed sizable competition on the road to the finals, which were scheduled against Litchfield on Nov. 26. (For the results of that game, which had not been played as of press time, visit www.casciac.org.)
On a talented roster, Somers has several offensive threats. Senior Don Whittle comes to the tournament with 31 goals and 10 assists, tying a school record for goals in a season. Junior Joe Pantuosco, with 10 goals and 20 assists, broke a SHS record for assists in a season. Senior Jake Alvaro, with 10 goals and 14 assists, ends his career with 61 wins, a Somers record, and senior Lorenzo Rolocut added 6 goals and 8 assists.
Seniors Connor O’Grady, Joe Pellegrini, Richard Vanasse, Jack Kapino and junior Nick Elia contributed to the defense, and senior goalie Alex Geas had 37 career shutouts.
Pulling a bye in the first round, Somers defeated perennial powerhouse Canton (9-7) by a score of 3-0, advancing to the quarterfinal against Bloomfield (9-6-1).
Assisted by coaches Mike Pantuosco, Chris Fontaine and Zack Mundus, John Pantuosco recognized Bloomfield’s power. “They were a very good opponent and a very dangerous team,” the coach said.
For the fourth straight year, Somers moved on to the semi-final with a 5-2 victory over Bloomfield. Somers’ goals came from Jake Alvaro, Lorenzo Rolocut (2 assists), Nick Elia (1 assist), Don Whittle (1 assist) and Luke Alvaro. Fabian Burnett had both goals for Bloomfield.
Alex Geas led the defense for Somers with 5 saves. “Nick Elia, Richard Vanasse, Joe Pellegrini and Connor O'Grady played well in the back,” Pantuosco said.
In the semifinals, Somers defeated Portland (10-6) 3-1, advancing to the finals. “Don Whittle had 2 goals and Jake Alvaro had the other,” the coach said. “Alex Geas made 5 saves.”
“Our key to success is speed of play on both sides of the ball,” Pantuosco said.