GU14 Hartwell Soccer Team Has Season End in State Semifinals

The Hartwell Soccer Club GU14 Blue team had its memorable Connecticut Cup tournament run come to an end on Saturday with a 4-0 semifinals loss to the Burlington Breakers at Glastonbury’s Addison Park. Burlington jumped out to an early lead and controlled the action throughout.

In front of a raucous crowd of Glastonbury supporters, Burlington maintained its composure and got off to a very strong start, scoring two early goals off of pinpoint passes. As the first half went on, however, the Glastonbury defense tightened up. While the Breakers were able to frequently maintain possession, defenders cut off passing lanes and made it difficult to get off any accurate shots. Burlington added a key third goal late in the half when a player beat the Glastonbury goalkeeper up high.

Throughout the opening half, Glastonbury was unable to get anything going on offense. Burlington did an excellent job of pressuring Glastonbury players when they had possession and defending all areas of the field. Ultimately, Glastonbury did not obtain a good shot on goal for the entire 35 minutes.

In the second half, Glastonbury’s defense played even better, continuously hounding the Breakers top players and not allowing them to keep the ball in the middle of the field and get good shots off. Unfortunately, the script followed the same story for the offense. Glastonbury was still unable to maintain possession for more than a short period of time and could not create space for shots when it did. It ended the day having taken almost no shots on goal.

GU14 Blue head coach Bob McKinney praised his team’s defense for their effort.

“Our defense has been fantastic all year, and it was great again today,” he said. “They did their best to slow Burlington down and mostly succeeded.”

McKinney also praised the Breakers for their play as well as Glastonbury’s ability to maintain effort .

“Their defense put more pressure on us than any team we faced all year,” he said. “We just couldn’t get anything going. I’m proud of our guys. For all 70 minutes, they gave every ounce of effort no matter what.”

During the regular season GU14 Blue won its league, going undefeated. It then had a very memorable run to the Cup semifinals, winning three games and two in overtime, one on penalty kicks.

“The reason they were able to get to today’s game was because they have fun playing a game that they love to play with their friends,” McKinney said.  “They believe in each other, and I’m sure will use today as motivation to continue their rapid growth as individual players and as a team overall.”

 

Sarina Arcand keeps the ball away from a Burlington defender

Sarina Arcand keeps the ball away from a Burlington defender

Rachel Flaherty outraces a Burlington player to the ball

Rachel Flaherty outraces a Burlington player to the ball

Emma Samson shows off good ball-handling skills

Emma Samson shows off good ball-handling skills

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