Lady Tomahawks re-building; promising year ahead
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
"Rebuilding" is the first word out of coach Joe Finocciaro’s mouth, when asked about this year’s Glastonbury High School girls’ soccer team. The 2012 Lady Tomahawks had a 19-0 season, before losing the CIAC Class LL championship game to Newtown, 2-1.
Five seniors graduated from that team, and two more chose not to return this year, and another two are out with injuries. That translates to a large number of positions that are still up for grabs in the early practices/tryouts.
“Our whole back line [defense] just graduated,” Finocchiaro said. “I haven’t gotten a good feel for the team yet.”
The good news is the team includes six seniors, 10 juniors and five sophomores. The JV team was also very strong last year, and many of them are getting a shot on varsity, while some returning players are being tried out in new roles.
Returning starters include keeper Ciara Boucher, Sydney Keane, Maddie Lamagna and Eren Cosgel, and Audrey Spencer. Sophomore Mara Consentino, Finochiarro said, was impressive as a freshman.
The team, Finocchiaro said with confidence, will find the right combination of players to do what it does. “These kids are still capable of doing the same things,” he said. “We’ll have our starting lineup and subs. That’s just going to take some time. The philosophy is still the same. They are still working hard. The attitude is real good.”
One bit of evidence of that hard work is that the team, as a whole, ran the perimeter of the GHS athletic fields (about 1.5 miles) in a record time.
Some soccer fans might expect Glastonbury to be synonymous with playing in the championship game, as the Tomahawks have played in three of the last four title games (winning the title in 2011), but Finocchiaro said they are far from thinking about the post-season. “We never think that far ahead. We’re just trying to find a starting group, get and stay healthy, and trying to come together,” he said. “Right now, chemistry is what we’re trying to build.”
The Tomahawks face a tough schedule in the realigned conference, including perennially good Tolland and last year’s Class L champ Northwest Catholic as new additions on the schedule.
Glastonbury opens the season in a night game at Tolland on Sept. 11. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.