Warriors miss clinching state tournament berth

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 18, 2012
Senior Isaiah Townsend crosses a ball into the box during the first half of a match-up with Wethersfield on Oct. 16. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Isaiah Townsend crosses a ball into the box during the first half of a match-up with Wethersfield on Oct. 16. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor Warrior boys' soccer team (5-6-1) had a chance to clinch its first state tournament berth since 2010, but came up just short as the team lost at home 2-1 to the Wethersfield Eagles (6-6) on Oct. 16. After a season-high four-game win streak, the Warriors have lost consecutive games and fallen into a tie for fifth place in the Central Connecticut Conference North division with the Eagles.

Wethersfield took advantage of a slow start by Windsor, scoring in the 10th minute when junior Kenen Hodzic beat junior goalkeeper Andrew Tasillo on a one-on-one play near the top of the penalty box.

“We haven’t won a game yet when we’ve been scored on first [0-6],” said head coach Peter Lepak. “We didn’t come to play in the first 10 minutes. The goal was a wakeup call for us; we started to play better once we went down. After that, it was an uphill battle for us because we don’t score a lot of goals.”

The Warriors immediately responded, dominating possession of the ball and steadily attacking the Wethersfield defense, keeping the Eagles scrambling for the remainder of the half. Windsor would score the equalizer in the 27th minute, when senior Isaiah Townsend dribbled through the left side of the defense and curled a goal over the goalkeeper to beat him on the far post.

“I thought we worked hard in the last 30 minutes of the first half and things started to build,” Lepak said. “We scored the goal and it was a complete momentum change. It was what we needed, it helped even things out, and we had the run of play. I thought we could have done better with some of our other chances.”

The Warriors' dominant attack earned them four more corners in the half, 5-1. Windsor also significantly outshot Wethersfield, 11-4. 
In the second half both teams had opportunities to score - five shots apiece - but neither could capitalize until miscommunication from the Windsor defense failed to draw junior Jordan Manchester offside. He scored on a breakaway pass from sophomore Guy Labella for the game winner. The Warriors defense was playing without three-year starter and captain Tyler Lacafta, who is out with a concussion.

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