Tomahawks advance to finals
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Nov. 20, 2012
As it should, the competition gets tougher in the later rounds of the Class LL tournament. On Nov. 18, Glastonbury High School’s girls’ soccer team faced Trumbull in a semi-final match that was a rematch of last year’s final game - which the Tomahawks won, 2-1, to take the state title. This year, the duel was just as tough, and the Tomahawks managed to outlast the Eagles for a 1-0 score and a second trip to the final round.
In just the third minute of the game, Glastonbury’s Kristen Dragotta swept in a ball that ricocheted off of Trumbull’s goalie, who had slightly overplayed the ball – it was a goal oddly similar to the championship winner last fall.
Trumbull played fiercely, looking for a goal of its own, and clearly held advantages over Glastonbury in possession time and shooting chances for the remaining 76 minutes of the game. Glastonbury’s Ciara Boucher seemingly made countless saves, at times quite impressively.
“We survived that one,” said coach Joe Finochiarro, after the game. “But, that’s what these games are about – survival.” Finochiarro said Trumbull was clearly the team that gave Glastonbury the most competition all season. “They’re the best team we faced so far, for sure, absolutely,” he said. “Hats off to those guys.”
For Boucher, the clean sheet was well-earned. Glastonbury had given up only two goals all season, and none in the tournament to date, but usually, it’s done as a team effort, with their play-to-disrupt style. “That was the first time she’s been tested all season,” Finochiarro said. “She did a great job – an excellent job. She saved us a bunch of times.”
At press time, the Tomahawks (19-0-0) were set to play Newtown (16-1-3) at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 at West Haven High School in the Class LL state title match.
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