Lady Tomahawks near goal of title repeat

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Nov. 15, 2012
Glastonbury co-captain and striker Kristen Dragotta tries to get out in front of her Darien opponent in the Class LL quarterfinal match on Nov. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury co-captain and striker Kristen Dragotta tries to get out in front of her Darien opponent in the Class LL quarterfinal match on Nov. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School girls' varsity soccer team has moved within two games of its goal of winning a second Class L state title. The Tomahawks trumped Darien 4-0, on Nov. 14, in a quarterfinal match.

Senior captains Kristen Dragotta and Kate Smith each scored in the first half. Freshman Mara Consentino and senior Michelle Woodhouse scored goals in the second.

Defending a title, as well as a winning streak that stretches back to 2010, coach Joe Finochiarro said the team is keeping its focus and peaking at the right time. “Things are starting to gel for us,” he said. “We always try to do that - where we don’t peak too early, and make sure that we take the appropriate steps.”

It’s difficult to totally ignore the team’s potential date with destiny that is looming closer, but keeping the right mindset involves not counting the proverbial chickens until they hatch. “Sometimes it enters into things, but we want the opportunity to defend the title, and the only way we’re going to do that is if we get to next Friday [the scheduled date of the finals],” Finochiarro said. “So, that is something that’s in the back of our heads, for sure, but we still have one more game to get through.”

The Darien match was also an opportunity for Glastonbury to stretch its bench players’ legs and show their depth, as Finochiarro used everyone on the varsity roster, minus players who missed the match with illnesses. “We played pretty hard, and everyone got an opportunity, so it was great,” he said. “We got everyone in off the bench and we were still scoring goals. There’s a good balance on this team. We’re deep. We don’t have any superstars, we just have a lot of really good players and they all work well together.”

Staying healthy, the coach added, is the best way to prepare for what lies ahead. “We’re just trying to stay fit – mentally and physically – and we’re prepared to go,” he said.

At press time, the #1-seeded Tomahawks were set to play a semi-final match on Nov. 17 vs. #5-seeded Trumbull – the team Glastonbury beat 2-1 in last year’s final match.

For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.
 


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