Soccer team finds winning ways, continues to improve

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 4, 2012
Glastonbury senior midfielder Tom Xu prepares to launch a cross in the Tomahawks' 4-0 win over Wethersfield on Oct. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury senior midfielder Tom Xu prepares to launch a cross in the Tomahawks' 4-0 win over Wethersfield on Oct. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School boys' soccer team struggled early this season, starting off with a 0-1-1 record, but has since won five straight (through Oct. 3) and has given up just one goal in that span. While it appears that the Tomahawks have righted the ship, coach Mark Landers dodges the claim that it will now be smooth sailing for the team.

“I think we've got a long way to go yet,” Landers said, after the 4-0 rout of rival Wethersfield on Oct. 3. “I still think we can be so much better than what we are right now.”

Amidst an early October part of the schedule where they play six games in 12 days, Landers said the team could use more time on the practice field, instead of playing games, and that it could hinder progress - and although the players' confidence level is about where it should be, it's a balancing act to keep focused.

“We're in the middle of a tough situation, [schedule-wise],” Landers said, “so if we start to think we're good, we're going to get beat. We're trying to keep our heads in the right place. I tell them to turn the page [after this win], and return to practice tomorrow, so we can get better.”

Landers said that defense is what the team works on the most in those practices, and he has seen a lot of improvements in the backfield's communication recently. “That's just a step in the right direction,” he said. “We need that to be more consistent.”

The ability to keep opponents away from the goal, he said, has been an all-team effort that has been noticeably better, because the team has been able to possess the ball for longer, and the team's attacking has improved, again because many are stepping up.

“We talked about attacking more,” he said. “It's a mix. It's anybody stepping up and anybody who's getting in there. Multiple guys on this team can score.”

In fact, the Tomahawks' 15 goals this season have come off the feet of nine different players.

“We're pretty consistent across the board,” Landers said. “We've got a bunch of guys who can get things done. We've just got to keep improving.”

Glastonbury plays E.O Smith on Oct. 5, Manchester on Oct. 9 and Wethersfield Oct. 10.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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