Eagles turning toward second season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Senior Tommy Allen heads a ball on target in the Eagles' 6-2 won over Hartford Public on Oct. 18. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior Tommy Allen heads a ball on target in the Eagles' 6-2 won over Hartford Public on Oct. 18. Photos by Steve Smith.

While the Tolland High School boy's soccer team has plenty to be positive about, they may still need to figure out how to come together as a team, if they are to go deep into the post season.

The Eagles improved to 9-4-1 after a win over Hartford Public on Oct. 18. With just two regular season games left, coach Jim Leahy said his team will need some help to play in the first-ever CCC tournament, but has secured a spot in the CIAC Class M tournament.

With 10 seniors on the roster, most of whom get a lot of playing time, the team has plenty of experience, but Leahy said the players don't have the years of playing with each other, as past teams have. "This is a very interesting team," he said. "They still have a lot of potential, and they have a lot of individual talent, but they need to learn to trust each other more. We're still trying to meld together."

While the team shows flashes of brilliance, Leahy said they haven't been consistent enough. "They are tremendously resilient, but they lack composure. It's an unusual combination."

In the last few games and practices, Leahy said the emphasis will be on making the right combinations so that players can spring others toward the goal, and that will only come with repetition, to develop the timing, as well as a little bit of prescience about one another when setting up attacking plays.

"Really, that's what we're working on," he said. "To know what's going to happen before it happens."

That said, Leahy has faith in what his team can do. "I think we'll be competitive, and make a run at the Class M tournament," he said, adding that he doesn't think his squad will take anything for granted.

"We're pretty good at focusing on the next game," he said. "This team has tremendous resolve, and I never have to ask them to work harder."

For a complete schedule, including the CCC and class M tournaments, visit www.ciacsports.com.

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