Tomahawks complete undefeated season, turn page to tournament
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Nov. 1, 2012
The Glastonbury High School girls' varsity soccer team capped a 16-0 season with a decisive 7-0 win over Wethersfield on Oct. 31. Unbeaten for a second year (two ties in 2012), the Tomahawks have outscored opponents 75-2 this season and have not lost a game since 2010, and must now turn the page to focus on repeating as Class LL state champs.
“I'm very pleased with the performance of the team this year,” said coach Joe Finochiarro, adding that while his team appreciates the accomplishment, its real goal is that ultimate title. “We know what we're playing for, and that's coming up soon,” he said. “That's what we've worked for.”
Finochiarro has been trying to maintain the high level of play and chemistry among his players, and has strategically worked in subs to keep everyone sharp. He has also experimented with players in different roles, in case playoff situations warrant.
“We've been clicking,” he said. “That's why I've been using so many kids – to make sure everyone is still involved. We've tried Katie Connolly up top today. She's usually center back. Mara Consentino has usually been a center mid, never really played forward, but against South Windsor and today, we used her up top. She's a good one-on-one player.”
Set plays have also been improved. “We re-did our corner kicks a little bit,” Finochiarro said. “We've worked on our set plays and penalty kicks, as they start to come into play more now.”
The Tomahawks will start the tournament as the #1 seed, which includes a first-round bye. The CCC tournament was to take place ahead of the state tourney, but was cancelled due to storm Sandy. That leaves Glastonbury with a 12-day hiatus between the regular season and its first tourney match.
Staying focused over that break will be a priority. “Our goal is to try to peak at the right time. I think we're still on that upward climb now,” Finochiarro said. “We'll take the next few days and try to prepare for that first match. We'll maybe try to find a scrimmage in between here and there.”
The Tomahawks know the road to the title will not be easy, even in the early stages. The likely first opponent for Glastonbury will either be Fairfield-Ludlow or Shelton. The former knocked Glastonbury out of the tournament two years ago, and the latter won the state title in 2010.
“When you're in the tournament, it's one game at a time,” Finochiarro said. “It doesn't matter who you play, you've got to be ready to go.”
For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.