Somers Classic

The Somers Spartans will be playing in the Class S Finals, after surviving a battle with Cromwell that ended on penalty kicks. Final score: 2-1 (4-2 PKs).

Both teams looked a little nervous as the game started, but soon settled down. A scoreless first half included nearly identical time of possession, with Cromwell holding an edge in number of attacks it was able to set up.

In the second half, Somers opened the scoring with 30:06 to go in the game, when junior Corey Brown was able to chase down a through ball, break toward goal, and put one past Cromwell goalie Ryan Murphy.

It didn’t take long for the Panthers to respond. With 25:01 to go, striker Ardit Statovci got ahold of a loose ball in the attacking third and spun it into the net past senior Spartan keeper Kyle Trusch.

Both teams looked a little gassed toward the end of regulation, and finished with a 1-1 tie. The two overtime periods clearly filled both squads with renewed urgency. Murphy had to make several stops (and got help from the crossbar) as Somers was able to put together several late attacks, but couldn’t break the stalemate.

Spartans Nicholas Murzda, Evan LaMontagne, Alex Murzda and Jacob Regalbuto buried PKs. After Derek Parker and Statovci netted their kicks, Murphy’s was blocked by Trusch. Dylan Davis’s attempt was also smothered by Trusch, sending Somers to the finals, and ending Cromwell’s hope of a repeat as Class S champs.

Somers coach Rick Kelley said PKs were something his team worked on extensively.

“We started practicing PKs the first day after tryouts,” he said, “with lots of pressure and lots of different scenarios. They were very familiar with this situation, and prepared, confident and ready to go.”

Kelley said the PK drills included added noise, trash-talking and putting wagers on the line.

Kelley said Cromwell played hard.

“They’re a very respected team with a lot of talent,” he said. “They just won the state championship last year for class S, so we were very aware of everything they brought to the table.”

Trusch, Kelley said, was the “man of the match, hands down.”

“We just didn’t finish our chances, and we didn’t have as many legitimate chances to score,” said Cromwell coach Jon Harder, adding that this loss will sting, but that eventually his team will focus on the positives from the season, including its Shoreline Conference Championship.

“There’s not much you can do in a game like that, with two athletic teams,” Harder said. “You’re pushing hard for two halves and two overtime periods, and we had the chances – we just couldn’t capitalize on them. I don’t think there’s anything we could have done.”

Cromwell’s seniors have also been playing together since they were youth players, and this will end their run.

“We’re going to miss them,” Harder said. “These seniors came in when we had four wins, when they were freshmen. We made it to the tournament the next year, and then last year we won the whole thing. They’ve seen the highs and the lows. A great bunch of guys.”

Somers, which entered the tournament as the #1 seed, will be busy preparing for its date with East Hampton (#7) this weekend.

“I have some more homework to do on the other side of the bracket,” Kelley said, adding that his team wasn’t quite able to play its game early on, because of nerves, but that will also be worked on.

Class LL
Glastonbury 3, Darien 0
Last year, the Glastonbury High School boys soccer team shared the Class LL championship with Ridgefield following a 1-1 tie. The Tomahawks hope to claim the crown for themselves Saturday, as they will take on Farmington in the finals at a site and time to be determined.

Glastonbury advanced to its second straight championship tilt on the strength of a 3-0 victory over Darien Tuesday night in West Haven.

Tyler Peterson scored the only goal the Tomahawks would need near the midpoint of the first half. Nick Kapelewski added a pair of insurance tallies after intermission.

Seeking the eighth state title in school history, and first outright win since 2005, the 15th-seeded Tomahawks will tangle with Farmington for the second time this season. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in Glastonbury on Oct. 2.

Field Hockey
Glastonbury 1, Cheshire 0

Maddie Norman scored the only goal of the game with just over four minutes remaining, lifting top-seeded Glastonbury to victory over #5 Cheshire in a Class L field hockey semifinal matchup Tuesday night at Simsbury High School.

The Tomahawks (18-0-1) will play seventh-seeded Darien in the championship game Saturday at Wethersfield High School.  Darien has won the past two Class L titles, and won four straight Class M crowns from 2007 to 2010.

Norman’s goal, off a penalty corner, clinched Glastonbury a berth in the finals for just the second time in school history; the Tomahawks were co-champions with Pomperaug in 2010.

The vaunted Glastonbury defense has not given up a goal the entire season.

Girls Soccer
Weston 3, Suffield 2
It took 80 minutes of regulation play, 20 minutes of overtime and 20 penalty kicks to decide a winner in the Class M semifinals Tuesday night at Falcon Field in Meriden.

Unfortunately for second-seeded Suffield, No. 14 Weston converted its final penalty kick, winning the shootout 8-7 to claim a 3-2 victory and a berth in the state finals.

Suffield’s Alyssa Bergamini scored the game’s first goal 10 minutes into the contest, assisted by Nicole Stryjek.

“I thought we pretty much dominated the first half, we had several chances and could have been up 3-0 at the half,” Wildcat coach Dave Sullivan said. “In the second half, we continued to play our game, and they scored on their first shot of the game seven minutes into the second half.”

The teams played a pair of 10-minute overtime periods following regulation time. Three minutes into the second extra period, Katie McDonough scored for the Wildcats, but Weston answered with a goal of its own to knot the game again and send it to penalty kicks.

Each goalkeeper made one save during the penalty kick shootout, but Suffield suffered the misfortune of having one shot miss just wide and another clang off the goalpost.

Sullivan said he was disappointed for his four seniors, but is excited about the prospect of returning seven starters, in addition to some talented incoming freshmen.


One Comment

  1. TheSportsDept.Com

    November 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Shaping up as a HUGE weekend for local sports. will be there for all of the action!

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