NEW BRITAIN>> Glastonbury boys soccer coach Mark Landers described his team’s state championship perfectly when he said it summed up the entire season in one game: Glastonbury faced plenty of obstacles, but still prevailed at the end
Farmington scored in the first 90 seconds, but Glastonbury stormed back to win its eighth title, 2-1, in the Class LL championship game at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Freddy Clark’s header 1 minute, 2 seconds into the second overtime was the difference.
“We faced so much adversity [this season] and then we faced a lot of adversity in this game, it kind of summed up the entire year that we had,” Landers said. “But we never stopped believing in ourselves. We never stopped loving each other and that’s what a good family does, we helped each other out.”
Just over a minute into the second overtime period Clark took a cross from Sebbie Sanzaro and beat Farmington’s Jeff Crook for what turned out to be the championship winning goal.
“The ball came over the defenders from a cross from my teammate and I got a head on it,” Clark said. “The goaltender was about to save it, but I got enough speed on it.”
This was the Tomahawks second straight finals appearance. They tied Ridgefield last season and were named co-champions. This season’s team used that experience to stay loose as the game wound down.
“I think last year as a team we kind of expected to be there and we won some big time overtime tournament games and we felt a little bit of pressure going into that game last year,” Landers said. “This game here we were kind of relaxed, like a family. Kind of messing around, singing some songs in the locker room before we got here and we were pretty relaxed today which was pretty good.”
With 15 minutes to play, the team was making jokes in the huddle, sort of mocking last season’s result.
“On the second overtime, in the beginning, one of the kids said that we don’t want to go into PKs and that just got everyone to laugh,” Clark said. “Because there were no PKs and that’s what happened last year. So I think there was really no pressure on us, it was just loose.”
Glastonbury tied it with 10:29 left in the second half on a corner from Sanzaro to John Kapelewski who used his head to beat Crook.
Farmington had moved up from Class L to LL this season, but the bid to become the first team to win an L and LL title in consecutive season came up short.