Simsbury Edges out Glastonbury in Quarterfinals

SIMSBURY- For the second year in a row, the Simsbury Trojans Field Hockey team defeated the Glastonbury Tomahawks in the quarterfinals of the Class L State Tournament.  Senior Stephanie Rosenberg’s first half goal would be all the offense the Trojans needed on Friday to advance to the semifinals with a 1-0 win.

“We always get pumped for Glastonbury,” Simsbury head coach Brooke Bulmer said of the rivalry between the two schools.

As a three seed in last year’s tournament, Simsbury knocked out sixth seeded Glastonbury with a 2-0 win in the quarterfinals before bowing out to Cheshire in the semis.

“It’s a nice follow-up this year,” Simsbury senior Stephanie Rosenberg said of her team’s history with Glastonbury in the quarterfinals.

“The games are always very close,” Glastonbury head coach Maureen Perkins said, adding, “It’s kind of special, every time we play something big is on the line.”

Simsbury, who is a four seed this year, defeated the five seed Glastonbury in another 1-0 game during regular season CCC play.

“They have a strong midfield, and we knew we had to watch for that,” Rosenberg said commenting on what her team had learned from their regular season matchup.

Glastonbury (12-3-2-0) defeated the twelve seed New Milford 2-1 in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals while Simsbury (13-1-2-1) took care of thirteen seed Ridgefield to advance.

Simsbury would strike first.

With 23:47 left in the first half, Rosenberg delivered a beautiful blast for a goal off a pass from senior Allison Woodruff to give Simsbury an early lead.  The play, a set play off of a penalty corner, would be the only scoring in the game.

“We have been working really hard on that,” Bulmer said of the corner play.

The Tomahawks, to their credit, played tough all game.

“We started off a little bit slow, but as the game went on we started to play like ourselves,” Perkins said of her Glastonbury team.  “We had chances, but we were just a little off.”

Glastonbury had chances on five penalty corners and actually out-shot the Simsbury Trojans, but was unable to get anything past Simsbury goalkeeper Allison Renwick.

“They executed when they needed to,” Perkins said of the Trojans.

“We do all the right things.” Bulmer said of her Simsbury team.  “We have worked hard and gelled as a team.”

Simsbury will play  the number one overall seed Darien at a neutral site in the semifinals.

 

 

 

 

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