Tomahawks fall to Trojans in quarterfinal
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
In field hockey, as in any sport, luck is often a factor. Glastonbury High School's field hockey team was on the short end of luck on Nov. 12, as the Tomahawks (#6 seed) lost a Class L quarterfinal to #3-seeded Simsbury, 2-0.
Both teams played tough in the first half and Glastonbury created opportunities (including flurries in front of the net that somehow stayed out), and the game was a 0-0 draw at halftime.
Glastonbury came out aggressively in the second half, but Simsbury's Ari Arciero scored on a counter-attack with 20:13 left in the game.
With set pieces as one of their strengths, Glastonbury appeared to play for corners, but was unsuccessful after several tries.
Glastonbury appeared to have the advantage in possession time, but Simsbury's Jaime Matson made a Trojan attack count, notching the second goal.
Allison Renwick recorded 11 saves for Simsbury, and Glastonbury's goalie, Dana Dhami, saved 9.
Coach Maureen Perkins said while her team played a quality game, finishing was the squad's Achilles' heel.
“I think the first 40 minutes was probably some of the best hockey we've played, collectively,” she said. “Our energy was awesome. We were threatening, but we had opportunities that we couldn't finish. That's been something, in games like this, that we've struggled with.”
Perkins gave credit to Renwick, as well as the Simsbury offense. “That goalie stood on her head,” Perkins said. “She played great, and hats off to her. They had their chances and they put them in, and we had our chances and we didn't. So, they're moving on, and we're not.”
Perkins said her team didn't lose its composure once they were behind, and fought to the end, adding that her 13 seniors worked hard all year. “A lot of them were sophomores in that state co-championship team in 2010, and they wanted to make a name for themselves,” she said. “I'm so proud of how hard they worked and they never gave up. They did everything that we ever asked them to do. They're a real special group and we wanted to get back to the semis and the finals for them. I'm just bummed that we couldn't do this.”
Glastonbury finished the regular season with a 12-2-1-1 record and beat Fairfield Warde, 1-0, in the tournament's first round.