Glastonbury Perfect…Again!

NEW BRITAIN – It is often said that defense wins championships and today’s Class LL girls soccer championship proved that point for top-seeded Glastonbury. The Tomahawks (20-0) closed out their second straight perfect season with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 Ridgefield (14-3).

The win marked Glastonbury’s third straight Class LL title and their 60th consecutive win, a state record. After the game, Head Coach, Joe Finocchiaro did not downplay the difficulty of the road his team has been down. “I will say it’s tough,” he said, “a lot of sleepless nights. A lot of times we were emotionally drained and somehow these guys still found a way to come here and compete every day.”

It was very tough for Glastonbury today as Ridgefield managed to carry most of the play and simply got beat by timely scoring and a hot goalkeeper. Seniors, Abbey Renaud made nine saves and Caroline Bogue had two goals.

On a team stacked with seniors, Renaud stood out as the leader and true backbone of this team when they needed it the most. Finocchiaro enthusiastically talked about his goalkeeper after the game saying, “It’s so nice to know that you have somebody back there that’s going be able to make those saves when the game might not be going well.”

Ridgefield was physical around the ball continuously winning battles which allowed them to create some terrific scoring chances. The trio up front of, Katherine Jasminski, Alyssa Bonanno, and Natalie Brassinga showed off their speed and tenacity early and often. Their hard work generated a great chance when Jasminski got the ball in the box and powered a shot that squeaked through the legs of Renaud who was able to jump on it before crossing the goal line.

As the first half winded down, Glastonbury was struggling to find open space and could have went into halftime frustrated and looking for answers. Senior Emily Beard, who Coach Finocchiaro said had not played all year, jumped on a loose ball at the top of the box and beat Ridgefield keeper, Julia Middlebrook. The goal came with 1:28 remaining and gave Glastonbury momentum.

Despite that momentum, Ridgefield came out firing in the second half. Only a minute in Renaud was called on to swat away a shot labeled for the top corner. A few minutes later, Renaud made a spectacular diving save which seemed to give the Tomahawks a boost.

“It’s so nice to know that you have somebody back there that’s going be able to make those saves when the game might not be going well,” Finocchiaro said of his goalkeeper.

Renaud’s latest save sent Danielle Brinckman speeding down the right side of the field narrowly missing a goal at the other end. On the ensuing corner kick, Madison Seymour found fellow senior Bogue who headed the ball past the keeper who collided with her. Bogue was clearly a target of the Tigers who played her very physical, knocking her to the field numerous times.

The only blemish for Renaud came after she made another great save but could not hold on as Ridgefield’s Alexandra Damron knocked home the loose ball.

Even though she had someone in her face all game, Bogue dangled through a number of Ridgefield defenders late and fired a laser past the keeper to put the game out of reach.

With the Glastonbury student section chanting “three peat”, Eden Baker buried a header off a corner from Beard making it 4-1 as the clock counted down.

“It’s for all the players that were involved in any of those games,” Renaud said of the 60 consecutive wins and third state championship. “From my sophomore year when it started to now this final game, it’s really amazing because everyone worked hard for this and really every player on this team has played a part in the 60 wins.”

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