Farmington routs Barlow, wins back-to-back Class L boys soccer championships

(Photos by Pete Paguaga Register Citizen) Farmington vs. Joel Barlow Class L Boys Soccer Championship Game, November 16, 2013

(Photos by Pete Paguaga Register Citizen) Farmington vs. Joel Barlow Class L Boys Soccer Championship Game, November 16, 2013

Sabri Akter fights for the ball during Farmington's 4-0 win over Barlow in the Class L soccer final. Akter scored two goals to lead the Indians. (Peter Paguaga)

Sabri Akter fights for the ball during Farmington’s 4-0 win over Barlow in the Class L soccer final. Akter scored two goals to lead the Indians. (Peter Paguaga)

WATERBURY >> For the second year in a row the Farmington boys soccer team is the Class L championship, defeating Joel Barlow 4-0.

“It was the leave a legacy. It is the first ever repeat in school history,” said senior Sabri Akter. “Our main goal was to win this.”

Akter was named the MVP of the championship game, scoring the first two goals for the Indians, both coming in the first eight minutes.

“It took a lot of the nerves out,” Akter said. “We knew they would be physical, they haven’t been down before, so we knew if we took the lead we could get another one and then another one.”

Atker didn’t play on last year’s team, but he was motivated to be a part of a championship winning team this season.

“He was motivated this year, he came in fit and mentally ready to play,” said Farmington head coach Steve Waters. “He’s been a monster most of this season.”

Waters has now won his eighth State championship as Farmington coach. The school has 11 in its history.

“It’s a pleasure to get this one, it was a hard one to get,” Waters said.

Joel Barlow came into the game not losing a game in regulation this season, 17-0-1, but according to their coach Paul Winstanley they just didn’t show up.

“We didn’t show up and that’s the difference,” he said. “We gave up a goal in the first minute. We didn’t answer the bell.”

But Winstanley didn’t take anything away from the Indians effort.

“They’re deserving of it, my hats off to them,” he said.

Winstanley didn’t know whether or not Atker’s early goal had an effect on his team.

“It’s hard for me to say if it did or didn’t have an effect,” he said.

Atkar’s first goal did get the Farmington fans into the game; after he scored he ran over to the stands and waved his arms to pump up the crowd.

“Our crowd plays a big factor,” Atkar said. “It gets them pumped up and it gets me pumped up.”

The Indians have 14 seniors on their roster this season most that were part of the team that won the championship last year.

“Having the 14 comeback from last year has a lot of value to it,” said Waters.

After the two early goals by Atkar, the Indians got two second half by seniors, Matt Sroka and Colin Cheesman.

“Being up 4-0 with 20 minutes to go, I was relaxed,” said Waters.

Farmington 4 Joel Barlow 0

At Municipal Stadium

Farmington 2 2 – 4

Joel Barlow 0 0 – 0

Goals: F – Sabri Atkar 2; Matt Sroka; Colin Cheeman

Records: Farmington 17-1-3 Joel Barlow 17-1-1.

 

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