By Grant Anderson and Kenny Harrison
The boys and girls soccer's teams took on two difficult opponents this past Thursday. The boys took on the Farmington Tomahawks at Tunxis Meade Field while the girls team played the Glastonbury Tomahawks who are also a very tough opponent. The Farmington team and the Glastonbury team are both ranked in the Top 15 for the state according to Maxprep.com rankings.
There was tension in the air as the girls team prepared to take on the Glastonbury. The team knew it would take their best to beat that team. The Tomahawks are ranked at #3 in the state according to Maxprep.com and the Eagles are ranked 35, so clearly the odds were stacked against Wethersfield.
The girls game started with both teams getting a feel for each other. Each team was making plays but nothing that was really leading to any chances on goal. The momentum seemed to shift towards Wethersfield and it felt like Glastonbury was playing as if they has already won. The Eagles then made a chance at goal, and scored a goal that sneaked over the goalies hand and slide into the top of the goal. The Eagles were electric and celebrated but Glastonbury suddenly looked like they were ready to play.
After about 10 minutes Glastonbury had a break away and made a great pass that set up the striker with a 1 on 1. She finished the shot into the left corner leveling the score. After that the Eagles made a bad tackle right outside the box, setting up a free kick. The Glastonbury player struck the ball into the top right corner making it 2-1. It was a downhill slope from there as Glastonbury took control and ended up winning 4-1.
As for the boys team, they fell to an early lead within the first 20 minutes. They had to step it up on defense for the rest of the first half. With 5 minutes left in the first half, Farmington scored to make it 2-0. At the start of the second half the tension was high. Wethersfield was putting more pressure on the Farmington defense getting more shots off but nothing was getting in behind their goalkeeper. In the end the challenge was too much and the boys lost the game after a good effort.
Senior captain, Christian Labella was asked what his thoughts were on the Farmington game? He said “I thought we could of been less direct on attacks and if we played them again we would win”. The next question was, how do you think the rest of the season will play out? He said “ I think we have only gotten better and smoother since game one and we will end with a winning record and make states if we all work hard enough”. Finally, we asked Labella how close is the team? Do you think you play well together? He said “ we are very close, our team chemistry is high on and off the field”.
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