Glastonbury Falls in Semifinals

WEST HAVEN- The Glastonbury Tomahawks girl’s soccer team’s postseason run came to an end Monday night with a 2-0 loss to three-seeded St. Joseph in the semifinals of the Class LL State Tournament.  The two-seed Tomahawks were stifled offensively through most of the game, but put two shots off the crossbar with under ten minutes to play.  Despite the late resilience, Glastonbury was unable to score and advance to the finals for a second consecutive year.

“We ran out of luck at the end,” Glastonbury head coach Joe Finocchiaro said of his team’s postseason run.  “If you look at the first two matches, it was kind of similar.”

Glastonbury (17-1-1) advanced to the semifinals by beating 15 Fairfield-Warde and 10 South Windsor, both in penalty kicks.  In both matches the Tomahawks had near misses off the post and crossbar that could have won the games in regulation.

The St. Joseph Cadets (18-0-1) were able to remain undefeated while handing Glastonbury their first loss.  The Cadets handled 19 Trumbull and 22 Fairfield-Ludlowe easily to advance to the semifinals, and will play in a State Title game for the second consecutive year against 1 Suffield on Saturday.

Neither team could get their offense rolling in the first half.

The Cadets attacked often in the first, but were unable to get anything past Glastonbury keeper Ciara Boucher.

“She has been extremely important,” Finocchiaro said of his senior goalkeeper.  “It’s going to be difficult to replace her leadership as a captain.”

Boucher, who finished the game with eight saves, denied St. Joseph’s best opportunity in the first half with 14:33 remaining.  St. Joseph sophomore Jenna Bike was able to slip behind the Tomahawk defense, but Boucher came up to make a diving save preventing a score for St. Joseph.

Glastonbury had few offensive opportunities in the first half, and went into the locker room tied 0-0.

St. Joseph was able to get on the board with 28:03 remaining in the game, as Bike once again got behind the Tomahawks D and was able to chip in a pass from senior Cori Scales.

“She’s a very special player,” Finocchiaro said of Bike, who also plays for the United States U15 Girls National team.  “She was able to find a way in behind our defense.”

Glastonbury responded by taking shots early in their possessions, some from twenty yards out or more.

The Cadets added another goal with 19:34 as freshman Lindsey Savko was able to score on a play off a corner giving St. Joseph a 2-0 lead that they would hold.

Glastonbury had their best opportunity to score with just under ten minutes remaining in the game when junior Madeline Gray’s powerful strike from ten yards hit the crossbar.   Glastonbury would deliver another shot off the crossbar, but the offense was unable to deliver one to the back of the net.

With the 2-0 loss, the Tomahawks ended a successful campaign they had hoped would exceed last year’s run that ended in a loss to Newton in the finals.

“We played so well this season,” Ciara Boucher said of her Glastonbury team.  “We gave it our all.  I’m so proud of my team.”

St. Joseph will play undefeated Suffield Saturday in the State Championship game.



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