Rough start for talented Tomahawks
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Sep. 14, 2012
Coach Mark Landers and the Glastonbury High School boys’ varsity soccer team are in unfamiliar territory. After an opening day loss and a 1-1 tie two games later, the Tomahawks are left still looking for their first win of this fall’s campaign. That’s unusual for a team that perennially makes the post-season.
Landers said, after the Manchester stalemate, that his team has a lot of younger and/or new players that have yet to gel as a team.
“We just haven’t figured that out yet,” he said, qualifying that by saying the individual talent is there. “We have a lot of new bodies and we have to find out how the interchangeable parts work.”
The team had practiced after the loss to Bristol Eastern, 2-1, on opening day Sept. 11, and thought they had fixed what was wrong and would be able to grab a win. But against Manchester, Glastonbury seemed to have trouble timing runs and setting the proper weight on forward passes in order to find their men in stride.
“We got better tonight, but it just wasn’t good enough,” Landers said. “We’ve just got to look into how we’re going to get better,” Landers said. “We’ve just got to work harder. Communication has to get better. We’ve got to do a better job communicating, especially in the backfield.”
That backfield is now populated by mostly underclassmen, after last year’s departures. Although this season’s squad does employ senior captains Luke McNabb and Matt Parmalee on defense, they are seeing time in midfield, as well, along with the third co-captain, senior Connor Trymbulak.
Still, Landers said the team has what it takes to see the end-of-year tournaments. “We’ve just got to keep working,” he said. “We realize that if we do that, good things will happen. It’s going to take time, but when we put it all together, we’ll start finishing those chances. The mental toughness piece was better tonight, but it has to continue to get better.”
Glastonbury hosts Windsor on Sept. 18 and then heads to East Catholic on Sept. 22.
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