Glastonbury reaches fourth Class LL semifinal in five years, defeating Greenwich
GLASTONBURY—If there is one thing the Glastonbury boys soccer team knows how to do, it is win Class LL quarterfinal games.
The No. 8 Tomahawks scored a fluke goal, were outshot by No. 16 Greenwich but did just enough defensively to hold off the Cardinals, winning 1-0.
Glastonbury advances to the Class LL semifinals where it will face the winner of No. 13 Conard and No. 12 Pomperaug Wednesday at a neutral site.
Glastonbury has reached the LL semifinals four of the last five years, winning four state titles in that span including last season.
During a back and forth first half, Glastonbury played a ball into the box and the Greenwich keeper and a defender converged on it simultaneously, colliding in the process and allowing the ball to bounce behind them.
Glastonbury striker Alec Hughes was there to gather the miscue, putting the ball in the net for one of the easier goals he will ever tally.
“It feels great to be going back to the semifinals. We are doing it for the fans and the community,” Hughes said. “Elliot (Hokunson) played the ball over the top, the defender and the goalie collided and I got the ball.”
Playing with the lead, Glastonbury was able to pack it back with five defenders most of the second half but Greenwich still generated a few scoring opportunities.
With 24:20 remaining, Glastonbury keeper Andrew Sinnott leaped and punched the ball over the goal on a quality shot.
Later in the second half, Greenwich had Sinnott beat after a corner kick but Glastonbury sophomore Patrick Sullivan was in perfect position on the goal line, denying the chance with is feet.
Greenwich’s last chance may have been its best when Francisco Ligouri fired a rocket off a direct kick from 22 yards out which skimmed the outside of the goal post.
“I couldn’t have asked for more, they left it all out on the field,” Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam said. “I thought we kept a really good team quiet, for the most part. I am really proud of our guys. We played about as good as we can play. There was a world-class save by the keeper on one free kick and then (Ligouri) hits the post on the other.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Andrew Sinnott, Glastonbury. Sinnott was put to the test several times by Greenwich including on a direct kick in the first half which he fully extended for on a dive to knock away. He finished with 14 saves on the afternoon.
“Right around the 19-minute mark we switched to a 5-4-1 and you try to defend and hope the goal stands up. Back there with Andrew (Sinnott) and Andrew Sullivan organizing things for us we were able to hold them off. That’s soccer in November for you,” Glastonbury coach Mark Landers said. “I thought we were a little flat early on but it is our third game in five days and sometimes that happens. You are not going to get many opportunities in games like this and when you do, you have to take advantage.”
GLASTONBURY 1, GREENWICH 0
GREENWICH 0 0—0
GLASTONBURY 1 0—1
Records: Gr—9-4-4; Gl—12-3-2
Goals: G—Alec Hughes. Goalies: Gr—Jimmy Johnson 8 saves; Gl—Andrew Sinnott 14 saves