Glastonbury Boys and Girls Champions Once Again

It was a double-repeat for Glastonbury as both the boys’ and girls’ team took home the Class LL trophies on Nov. 21, from back-to-back finals matches in West Haven.

For the boys, it was the team’s third straight Class LL title. The male Tomahawks were co-champions in 2013, and won outright last year. The girls dropped the 2013 match, but won last season on the same field.

In the girls’ game, Glastonbury got out to a 2-0 lead on goals by junior Maddie Seymour and senior Mara Cosentino in the first 20 minutes of the game. Ridgefield never stopped fighting, getting a goal back before the half off of a corner kick.

The second half, both teams came out strong. A ball that rattled around in front of the goal found Danielle Brinckman’s head in the way to dribbling just over the line to make it 3-1 Tomahawks. Just a few minutes later, Cosentino scored her second of the game on a sharp angle shot that almost looked like a cross, but instead found the far top corner of the net, out of the goalie’s reach.

With 18 minutes to go, Ridgefield knocked another ball in off of a corner to make it 4-2. With 5:34 remaining, Ridgefield struck again when Tiger Grace Franklin fired a direct kick that would have found the net past any goalie in the world, and suddenly it looked like the Tigers would make it go down to the wire.

However, just 12 seconds later….

The Tomahawks used the ensuing kick-off to set up a couple of quick passes and sprung senior striker Rileigh Queen, who returned this year after two years being sidelined with injuries. Queen found the ball in a one-on-one with Ridgefield goalie Julia Middlebrook and netted the insurance goal, and the 5-3 lead held for the final.

“We were up by one, and I knew we had to get at least one more to put it away,” Queen said. “When Mara fed me the ball, I knew I had to score.”

Coach Joe Finocchiaro said Ridgefield played up to his expectations, but so did his Tomahawks.
“We knew they played well on set pieces and they scored all three of their goals on set pieces,” he said. “They were very good, but we did what we wanted to do. We played our style. Our goal was to be the first LL girls’ team to win back-to-back, and we achieved that. We have a 40-game win streak going.”

“It feels awesome – especially to repeat,” said senior Sabrina Glaser. “We’ve been working for this all season.”

In the boys’ match, it was clear that this game was the one that the Tomahawks had been waiting for all season. Both teams played stout defense for most of the first half of the very physical game. Players on both teams received warnings and Darien did earn one yellow card late in the first.

Sebby Sanzaro opened the scoring for Glastonbury about four minutes before the half, capitalizing on a Darien defensive miscue, when Darien goalie Liam Rischmann came out to intercept the ball, but Sanzaro scooped it out of his reach.

 

“The defender and the goalie just collided or something, and I was left all alone and just shot,” Sanzaro said, trying to piece together the moment, after the game.

 

Glastonbury added it’s next goal with 32 minutes to go in the second, when John Kapelewski netted a nifty, textbook pass from Sanzaro.

Rischmann, who was not afraid to come off his line, dove after another ball, but misplayed it, and Glastonbury’s Freddie Clark had an easy jog to the net to tuck the Tomahawks’ third goal in with 30:24, with help from a ricochet off a crashing Darien defender.

John’s twin brother Nick Kapelewski knocked in a corner with 18 minutes left to make the final score 4-0 and help Glastonbury enter the history books, as they had planned.

“There are no secrets anymore – we’ve been talking about trying to make history in the LL tournament since day one, and sometimes that put pressure on us, but we came around,” said coach Mark Landers. “Getting here today, the pressure was off and we could just relax and play ball.”

See more action photos from Glastonbury boys and girls soccer championships here: https://thesportsdept.smugmug.com/Glastonbury-Boys-Soccer/

and here: https://thesportsdept.smugmug.com/Glastonbury-Girls-Soccer/

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