Falcons fall in state tournament quarterfinals
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
The Enrico Fermi High School boys' soccer team (12-6-1) advanced to the Class L state tournament quarterfinal with relative ease, but had their hands full as they squared off with the RHAM Sachems (12-3-4), a team that defeated them 3-1 early in the season and forced a scoreless draw on the Falcons' Senior Night. The Falcons' season came to an end on Nov. 14 as the Sachems won the season series, defeating the Falcons 2-1 in their Class L quarterfinal match-up at Eastern Connecticut State University. As the Falcons’ season ends, so do the playing careers of the 13 seniors who came off the pitch soaked from rain, sweat and tears after the realization they played their final high school soccer match.
“We fought hard, and unfortunately we came up on the short end,” said Fermi head coach Jim Russell. “There were only eight teams left, now seven, and I am so proud of them for what they have accomplished over their four years. Not many teams can make it to the quarterfinals in three out of their four seasons.”
Fermi controlled the right of play for the first 18 minutes, maintaining possession while keeping a steady attack on the Sachem backlines, which resulted in a shot off the post as well as some near-misses. RHAM took the lead with just two minutes left in the half when Fermi failed to clear a corner kick and Brandon Fromme rolled a soft shot past two defenders and the goalkeeper.
In the second half, the two teams traded scoring opportunities before RHAM extended their lead to 2, with 32 minutes left to play. Fermi fearlessly attacked for the remainder of the game and it paid off with just under four minutes left in the game when senior co-captain Adrian Case connected a through ball to senior co-captain Conor Glettenberg to beat the keeper far side. Fermi sent all 11 men to the net on the final attack, but failed to net the equalizer before the game ended.
“From the top to the bottom, they were the most talented freshman class that I ever had,” Russell said. “There is nothing like seniors; they got us here. We will miss them”