Raiders fall on Senior Night
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Oct. 26, 2012
The Windsor Locks High School girls’ soccer team (5-5-3) fell 3-1 on Senior Night to the visiting Enfield Raiders (8-5) under the lights of Veterans Memorial Field. With the Oct. 22 loss, Windsor Locks fell into a seventh-place tie with Somers in the North Central Connecticut Conference. Windsor Locks is currently seeded 14 in the Class S state tournament.
“I thought that their three goals were kind of like sprung leaks,” said head coach Jim O’Brien. “We did not defend them very well in those three moments. Our energy was lacking in the first half and we didn’t play our best game, unfortunately.”
Enfield struck early in the first half when senior forward Kaylee Polmatier slipped passed the Raider defense at half field for a clear break-away, beating senior captain and goal-keeper Chelsea Santos. With 25 minutes left in the second half, Polmatier assisted on a goal to sophomore Olivia Caronna for the 2-0 lead. Windsor Locks would threaten near the end of the half, but was unable to cut into the Enfield lead.
In the second half, Windsor Locks put the pressure on Enfield from the start, pushing the ball forward, keeping steady pressure and attacking the net. Junior Allison LaDuke had multiple crosses into the box and shots on net, but the Raiders failed to convert despite out-shooting Enfield 10-2.
“Our life was better, our pulse was better, our energy was better,” O’Brien said. “We were connecting a little bit and certainly the second half was much different, just energy-wise. You get down 2-0 to a good team and it’s tough to string together three goals. When the third came in, it was a killer.”
With 18 minutes left in the half, sophomore Jamie McGloin passed the ball from the corner to the top of the penalty box, where sophomore Shelbie Carr rifled a shot up into the far corner of the net to close the lead within one. Three minutes later, Caronna scored her second goal of the contest to put the game out of reach. Santos recorded 15 saves in the losing effort.