Lady Tomahawks' great season ends in semifinals
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Nov. 14, 2013
If the crossbar was 6 inches higher, the Glastonbury High School girls' soccer team's season may have ended differently. The Lady Tomahawks had two shots hit the unforgiving metal, after falling behind 2-0 to St. Joseph in the Class LL tournament semifinal on Nov. 11.
The first half was an even match, with both teams allowing few chances to their opponents.
St. Joseph's scored its first goal with 28:03 to go in the second half, when the Cadets snuck the ball through to standout sophomore Jenna Bike, who was able to head a bounce past Glastonbury goalie Ciara Boucher.
With 19:49, the Cadets struck again on a corner kick, after the ball rattled around in the box, and St. Joseph's Lindsey Savko got the last touch before it fell into the net.
Going up-tempo for the last quarter of the game, Glastonbury took several shots on goal, but couldn't find the netting.
"We showed a little bit of resilience," coach Joe Finochiarro said of his team. "We were a little unlucky hitting the crossbar twice in the last 10 minutes. We ran out of luck at the end there. We were a little unraveled by giving up that second goal. If we hadn't given up that second goal, we would have a chance to tie the game."
Finchiarro recalled that Glastonbury had also played close games in its first two tournament matches, versus Fairfield Warde and South Windsor, both of which had been decided by penalty kicks, and had hit the cross bar in each of those games.
Finochiarro said Bike is an exceptional player, and that giving her a chance to shoot was unlikely to favor Glastonbury.
Boucher, he said, has been phenomenal, and will be difficult to replace, as she graduates. "She's been extremely important," he said. "It's going to be very, very difficult to replace her, especially her senior leadership, and a captain."
Boucher said the St. Joe's offense played really tough, and that her team played great defense against them. "They tried to play that long ball over, but I was really proud of my defense for keeping them out," she said.
Finochiarro added that his whole team can hang their hats on a great year. "These kids have been absolutely unbelieveable," he said. "These seniors have put in an unbelievable effort for us the entire year."
"We just played really well this season," Boucher said. "We really gave it our all. We had so much heart and so much determination. I'm just really proud of my team."