Sachems stay undefeated with 3-0 victory over South Windsor

By Adam Betz

The Sports Department

SOUTH WINDSOR – In a matchup of CCC East girls soccer powers, the Sachems of RHAM finally found a path to victory at South Windsor, defeating the Bobcats 3-0 Monday.

“I’m definitely proud because the last few years, we’ve struggled over here,” said RHAM Coach Nick Libera. “Coming in here, we always expect it to be tough. So a 3-0 win is big for us.”

Coming off a 6-0 win over Manchester, RHAM (6-0. 4-0) dictated the pace from the opening whistle. At 35:12, RHAM’s Gretchen Kron put her team ahead. Teammate Maddie Czarnecki scored just over six minutes later.

Due to the heat, there was a mandatory break midway through each half. The break at 19:30 was much needed for South Windsor (4-2, 2-2).

However, the Bobcats never managed to get their offense rolling.

“We were just missing our passes, not connecting exactly how we want. We’re close, we just have work to do,” said South Windsor Coach Joe Camire.

Sophomore keeper Jianna Mitchell kept her team in the game. Making many great saves throughout the first half. Unfortunately for Mitchell, her team struggled to gain any momentum on offense, and the teams went into the halftime break with RHAM up 2-0.

The second half of play was slower, as fatigue started to set in. At the 36:06 mark, Kron scored her second goal of the afternoon, putting the ball in off the post after Mitchell allowed a rebound, making the score 3-0 in RHAM’s favor.

“I think that moving the ball around on defense, showing my back to the ball and getting it facing away from the goal, then giving it back to the midfield, turning, and running to the goal really helped,” Kron said about her two goals. “Mostly because the defense was flat, so I was able to get behind the defense.”

The Bobcats’ first break came in the 34th minute. Sophomore Karly Suppicich earned a free-kick. The shot sailed over the net. Just over a minute later, Suppicich earned another free kick. This one went left of the goal. One more shot came for South Windsor at the 20:25 mark, but it went wide to the left as well.

The mandatory break occurred at this point. After returning to the field, both teams fought off the fatigue to keep playing. Not much offense was generated by either side, until a free-kick was earned by Kron with six minutes to play. Her shot went wide to the right.

It proved to best South Windsor last best chance at breaking into the scoring column.

RHAM continues its season in Berlin on Thursday.

“We have to just keep working, keep working on little things to improve,” Libera said. “We don’t have time not to be motivated.”

Meanwhile, South Windsor travels to Bristol to play Bristol Eastern on Friday.

We’ll get better. This is a back to back loss for us, which is tough to suffer this part of the season. But the reason why you play this game is to get better, and to head towards the tournament. This is a team that is inexperienced, young,” Camire said. “We’re learning, taking our lumps a little bit, and I think we’ll grow from them.”

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