Glastonbury wins fifth LL title in six years, beating Hall
NEW BRITAIN—Watching the emotion emanating from Glastonbury boys soccer head coach Mark Landers after the Class LL boys soccer championship game, you may not think he was at the helm of five of the last six state champions.
While outsiders may just chalk it up to Glastonbury continuing its dominance over the state, Landers and those involved with the program know how far the Tomahawks came this season after starting the year 2-2 and seeming rudderless in the defeats.
That made No. 8 Glastonbury’s 1-0 win over No. 2 Hall at Veteran’s Stadium Sunday afternoon a little sweeter for Landers and his team.
“Unbelievable. Just an amazing ride for us. I am at a loss for words,” Landers said. “This one is a little more special because of where we came from. We always call ourselves the ‘G-Train’ and at one point, we had some people get off the train but we believed in ourselves and we stuck together as a family. The support we get from our community is amazing. Everybody is back on the train, now.”
Glastonbury got the only goal it would need with 16:20 remaining in the first half with Kevin Ramm passing a through ball up to Alec Hughes, who finished the play off with authority.
From there it was the Glastonbury defense locking it down as it’s custom in these state tournaments.
Glastonbury has not allowed a goal in the last two Class LL state tournaments
No. 2 Hall last title 1980 en route to back-to-back titles.
Hall had opportunities but penetrating the back line of Glastonbury was no easy task.
The Warriors had more of the ball in the second half but were turned out by goal keeper Andrew Sinnott and the Tomahawks defense time and time again.
Hall’s best scoring opportunity came with 10:23 remaining off a corner kick which was played to the center where the Hall shot seemed destine for the back of the goal, getting past Sinnott but Zach Gardner was on the backline to clear the ball out.
Hall, playing in its first championship game since 1983 had chances but never found the equalizer.
“Even when we were down a goal, I knew we played terribly in the first half. It was experience against non-experience and we had too much emotion but I thought in the second half, we settled down and played the way we’re capable of playing,” Hall coach Zeke Seguro said. “I thought we did enough but unfortunately you have to put that chance away. We created a lot of problems but it’s one of these things. It just wasn’t meant to be, I guess.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Andrew Sinnott, Glastonbury. Sinnott made 12 saves on the day playing behind the stout defensive backline.
“It feels great. We worked really hard throughout the year and honestly, I think this is where we belong. No one thought we’d be here from the start and being here feels great,” Sinnott said. “We held a shutout for the whole (tournament), same as last year, no goals allowed. The defense played great, hold tight, back it back and we played well.”
GLASTONBURY 1 HALL 0
GLASTONBURY 1 0--1
HALL 0 0--0
Records: H 17-2-1; G 16-3-2
Goals: G—Alec Hughes. Assists: G-- Kevin Ramm Goalies: G—Andrew Sinnott 12 saves; H—Max Kalser Kershen 5 saves