Glastonbury boys' soccer team looking for do-over of last season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Sep. 6, 2013
Glastonbury's Hunter DeCarolis (right) tracks down a ball, along with a Naugatuck player, in a scrimmage on Sept. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Hunter DeCarolis (right) tracks down a ball, along with a Naugatuck player, in a scrimmage on Sept. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School boys' varsity soccer team is still feeling the sting of last year's playoff loss while trying to gel for this year's season. The Tomahawks posted a 13-2-1 regular season, won their conference title, and were the #4 seed going into the Class LL tournament last season, but were beaten by #29-seed Newington in the first round, in a game that came down to penalty kicks.

“We've got a little chip on our shoulder,” said coach Mark Landers, adding that the team returns 18 players from last season, who have not forgotten that game from last November. “We've got something to prove. As long as we can carry that over from the practice field, and carry that every day, I think good things are going to happen for us.”

Landers said that the team's collective experience has shown in practices and scrimmages, and the ball skills, passing and shooting are on par with last season's team. The focus is on getting the team defense to gel.

“We're going over defensive shape, and making sure we're shoring up defensive responsibilities for when the other team has the ball,” he said. “There are several holes we need to fill. It's always this way early in the season. It's all the defensive stuff. That includes defending set pieces. That's the way Glastonbury soccer has always been and that's the tradition and pride of the program. Our teams have all been built around defense first.”

The varsity squad will carry three goalkeepers, including senior captain Chase Conway – any one of which could start at any given time. The same tenet could hold true for the whole roster.

“We feel like anybody can step into a starting position on the team at any moment in time,” Landers said. “I don't think you'll see a set starting line-up for a while.”

Glastonbury begins the regular season on Sept. 10, hosting Fermi (Enfield), then travels to Windsor on Sept. 13.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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