Manchester girls’ soccer looks to regroup for state tournament run

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
Senior captain Dylan Burns works to control possession against Glastonbury.  Photos by Corey AmEnde.
Senior captain Dylan Burns works to control possession against Glastonbury. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

The Manchester High School girls’ varsity soccer team hopes to rebound from losing their final two regular-season games as they prepare for the Class LL state tournament. “We’ve hit a couple of bumps in the road the past couple of games against a very strong Glastonbury team and a very hungry East Catholic team,” said head coach Jon Cohn.

The girls were shutout by Glastonbury on Monday, Oct. 21, by a score of 3-0 and fell to East Catholic 4-1 in their regular season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  The team finished the regular season with a 9-5-2 overall record.

The first round of the state tournament is scheduled for Nov. 4.  Pairings were not available as of press time.

The girls will be without one of their key players, Marlee Coleman when they start tournament play.  Coleman, a junior center midfielder is sidelined with a fractured tibia that she suffered on Oct. 15 in Manchester’s 1-1 draw with Wethersfield at home. “She’s our true anchor in the center midfield, but we have other great center midfielders,” said Cohn. 

“We play three center midfielders, and we have captains Dylan Burns and Ashley Feshler playing in there, and some of the younger players have stepped up; but we need to get our rhythm back.”

Cohn said he will use the time leading up to the state tournament to try to regroup his team.  He has scheduled scrimmages with Southington and Farmington to help keep his team sharp.

“I believe in the girls, and I’ve asked them to believe in themselves, regardless of who might or might not be on the field with them at this point in the season,” said Cohn.  “We’ll find our way again.”


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