Glastonbury Tomahawks boys' soccer weathering mid-season storm
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
The Glastonbury High School boys' varsity soccer team improved to 8-1-1 after a 2-1 victory over Windsor on Oct. 7. Besides battling the Warriors, the Tomahawks were also playing in rain and 50-mph wind gusts for the win, but it was something of a redemption game, after collecting their only loss on the season the previous Friday.
Coach Mark Landers said that typically during the middle of the season, it's a matter of “grinding out” some games, and he and his players probably still had the overtime loss to Farmington on their minds. “Coming off a loss with only two days to recover can be tough,” he said. “Mentally, we were probably thinking about Friday night."
Some adjustments are still being made, including finding the right players to fill in for injured starters, but the players' overall attitude and dedication is not an issue. “What has been working is our work ethic in practice,” Landers said, adding that his team excels at possession and stringing together passes. “When we play to the feet, we're an outstanding team,” he said.
Regardless of what the autumn weather brings, endurance will be tested, as the last stretch of the schedule has the Tomahawks playing six games in 15 days. Landers said the chemistry and communication on the field is steadily improving, which will help the squad do what it needs to do – put those combos together more quickly.
“We need to figure out how we can possess the ball, but move it along quicker,” he said. “Attacking the flanks is going to be a big thing.”
The Tomahawks will also need to prepare for the post-season by treating every game as a big game.
“This time of year, it's going to get tougher,” Landers said. “Teams are playing to get into conference tournaments and the state tournament. Every game means something. It's also the second time through the schedule [against most opponents], so everybody's going to change and be tougher for us. We've got to have the mentality that we've got to come out and work every day for what we get. It's got to be about us, and what we do and how we play.”
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