Farmington Indians Win Second Straight Title

WATERBURY- The Farmington High School Indians got all the scoring they would need to win the Class L State Championship only forty-two seconds into the game Saturday, but they decided to add three more to give themselves a comfortable 4-0 win over 2 Joel Barlow.

“Full Focus.”

Farmington coach Steve Waters preached those two words to his team Saturday morning before disembarking from the team bus, and from very early on it was clear that the Indians were confident and focused on winning their second straight Class L championship.

“We played the entire game in our comfort zone,” Waters said.

“We came into this game confident knowing that we won it last year,” Farmington senior Jon Mazzanotte said of the team’s attitude towards defending their title.

The Indians had an incredible postseason run to repeat as champs.  As an eight-seed, Farmington did not receive a first round bye, but handled 25 ND-WH 2-0 to advance.  The following round, the Indians knocked out rivals Avon, the team they defeated in last year’s championship game.  Top-seed Naugatuck took Farmington to overtime in the quarterfinals, but the Indians would come out on top by a score of 2-1, and in the semifinals Farmington cruised to another comfortable 4-0 victory over 13 Pomperaug.

“I’m relieved that we got our last goal to win our last game together,” Waters said of his team, which will graduate 14 seniors.  “It’s extremely difficult to repeat.”

Class L Tournament MVP Sabri Akter led the way for Farmington.  Akter scored his first goal just forty-two seconds into the game.

“It’s huge in the state championships to notch in that first goal,” said Waters.

“It took a lot of the nerves out of the game,” Akter said of his quick goal.

Akter was active again with 32:08 remaining in the first half, tapping in a ball that just got away from Joel Barlow keeper Peter Cohen to give Farmington a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes of play, a lead they would hold through the half.

The Farmington defense did a tremendous job stopping Joel Barlow throughout the match, setting up many golden opportunities for the Indians offense.

“The support and cover was great,” Mezzanotte said, adding, “A superb job by the defense today and all season.”

In the second half, the offense was at it again for the Indians.

Senior Matt Sroka chipped a ball over the Joel Barlow keeper with 32:20 left in the game to give his team a 3-0 lead.  Colin Cheesman, a senior as well, got involved in the scoring with 28:25 left to play, giving Farmington it’s final goal of it’s championship season, and a 4-0 lead that would stand when the final buzzer sounded.

“There’s a certain mentality and acceptance level of where you want to be and how you have to get there,” Waters said of his program, which has won five state championships since 2003.  “It takes a lot of hard work to get here.”

Waters’ players certainly achieved this mentality prior to Saturday’s game, and quite possibly before the start of the 2013 season.

“We had the mindset that we would win the championship this year with fourteen seniors,” Akter said.  “Every position is solid.”

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