Glastonbury boys beat Tolland, head to CCC semis

GLASTONBURY — Gustavo Firnhaber had two goals and an assist, and the Tomahawks offense added three more goals in an impressive 5-1 win over Tolland Saturday afternoon.

The victory not only sets Glastonbury back to its winning ways, but also pencils in the club for a semifinals date against unbeaten RHAM Monday.

“This is the first ever CCC tournament,” Glastonbury head coach Mark Landers said. “We got all the league winners together and we know Monday, RHAM is the No. 1 team in the CCC. They beat Whethersfield yesterday, we will have our hands full.”

But it was the Eagles with their hands full Saturday, as Firnhaber got things started just eight minutes in with a goal off a Nicholas Kapelewski assist.

“Glastonbury is better than us,” Tolland head coach Jim Leahy said, “But I saw a bunch of good stuff on our side today. We took some fouls in stupid places and they took advantage of opportunities.”

Alex Weekes had a stellar opportunity to make things even at the 15 minute mark, but he was unable to convert the chance, a miss that changed the complexion of the game and allowed Glastonbury to break things open.

“It would have been interesting to see if Weekes had finished his 1-on-1 that he shot into the keeper,” Leahy said. “It could have been 1-1.”

Then after 30 minutes had passed, Glastonbury started to pull away.

First, Evan Hassett scored off a perfect pass from Firnhaber. Then with under a minute left, Firnhaber put some bend on a free kick from 25 yards out, finding nylon to give the Tomahawks a 3-0 lead at the break.

“We have been having trouble scoring goals lately,” Landers said, citing back-to-back ties to end the regular season. “When you score goals your life becomes a lot easier. Today we finished a couple opportunities earlier, and we were able to settle down and control the ball a little bit.”

“They just came in wave after wave after wave,” Leahy said. “They deserved to win.”

Tolland came out of the break with momentum and chipped into the Glastonbury lead when Austin Enman scored on a penalty shot to make the score 3-1.

But a picture perfect Chris Lockwood cross set up an Evan Grenus header to restore the three goal advantage.

Just to add a little icing to the cake Marion Cameron scored with 11:23 to go to give the Tomahawks the 5-1 lead.

The loss to the mighty Class LL Tomahawks was not a total defeat for the Eagles however, who will prepare for the Class M tournament in November.

“It was the first year of the CCC tournament,” Leahy said. “I am very excited we got the opportunity to play. No one got hurt today, we played against  quality opponent, and the next one won’t look as tough. I’m not as upset about this loss.”

Photos By Erika Studer

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