GHS Teams Find Early Tourney Success
The Glastonbury Tomahawks have had early success in the CIAC tournaments.
After a first round bye, the boys' soccer team made quick work of Southington, with a 3-0 win in the second round game on Nov. 8. On the same day, Glastonbury's field hockey team edged New Milford by a score of 1-0.
Soccer coach Mark Landers said his team, which scored all three goals in the first half, still has another gear or two.
"I don't think we're there yet," he said. "I think we can play a little bit better. We came out in the first half a little bit hungry, because we haven't played a game in six or seven days, so that maybe helped us. I think we can move the ball quicker and I think our best game is, hopefully, still in front of us."
Specifically, Landers said, the Tomahawks can work on transitions.
"Moving the ball quicker through the midfield — two or three touches — taking fewer touches in the middle of the park, and trying to get it upfield a little bit faster," he said, adding that his squad will be ready for whichever teams they have to face.
"We're down to the last eight, so they're going to be the best teams, playing the best soccer right now," he said. "You've got to show up and be ready to go."
At press time, Glastonbury was set to play Danbury in the quarterfinal match on Nov. 10.
Field Hockey coach Maureen Perkins said her team's win over the Green Wave was "intense."
"We knew they had a couple of players who could generate attack, and that's what they did. Our defense stood on its head. They've come a long way, considering all but one of them are new to the position. We needed them to hold, until we could get our chance. We got our chance and we executed our chance," Perkins said. "In the tournament, sometimes that's what happens — you get a very few number of chances and you have to execute them when you get them."
Glastonbury was, at press time, set to play No. 2 seed Greenwich. Perkins said she's preparing her team for tougher games, by reminding the players of their identity.
"We've got to do the things that make us, us," she said. "We let New Milford dictate the play a little bit — more than we usually do, but we'll talk about it, work on it, and fix it."
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