GLASTONBURY >> Soccer is a way of life in Glastonbury.
Combined girls and boys there are 12 state championship banners hanging in the gym, including two each the last two years. But the newest claim to fame for the Tomahawks is the longest win streak in Connecticut girls soccer history.
On Thursday as rain fell and the soccer-crazed community gathered around field No. 4 at Glastonbury High School, the Tomahawks won their 50th straight game with a 5-0 defeat of Avon to set the new state record.
“It’s pretty crazy that it’s 50,” Glastonbury senior Caroline Bogue said.
For 17 years, Trumbull held the record of 49 wins in a row which it set from 1997-99 and now to be included in the conversation with those great teams, Glastonbury’s ninth-year head coach Joe Finocchiaro is honored.
“For the community, for the school it’s a great achievement,” Finocchiaro said. “But now we’re in talks with the likes of Trumbull who had won eight state championships in a decade long run and now to kind of be in that kind of company is very special.”
Glastonbury last lost on Sept. 23, 2014 when South Windsor beat it 5-4. Since then the Tomahawks have won two straight Class LL state titles and outscored opponents 189-14.
“We were on the field for an extra 20 minutes [after that loss]. The seniors were really disappointed that we had lost,” Finocchiaro said. “Some of these kids here were at that game and remember that game and hadn’t forgotten about that loss.”
On Thursday, Bogue scored two goals and assisted on another making easy work of yet another opponent. Something that has been a staple of Tomahawk soccer during the unbeaten run.
“They’ve beaten everybody by multiple goals,” Avon coach James Murray said. “They had a couple close games early in the season like Tolland 3-1. We knew as the best team in the state, we had to play our best game.”
“I thought the first 20 minutes we played very solid,” Murray said. “The last 10 or so we played very solid, but Glastonbury is just loaded. They’re just a great team.”
It took nearly 20 minutes for Glastonbury to find an opening in the Falcons defense, but once it did it pried the hole wide open.
Bogue hit Taylor Barbieri with a short cross right in front of the net to make it 1-0 with 21:34 left in the first half. Then 13 minutes later Bogue found herself in a footrace with an Avon defender who she beat out front and buried her shot in the net past Madison Sides.
“The first 15 minutes were very difficult,” Finocchiaro said. “Then I think our nerves kind of settled in and we started playing to feet and we were able to get some goals that we needed.”
Megan Smith scored her fourth goal of the season when she collected a rebound off Sides and slipped a shot into the wide open net just before halftime to make it a 3-0 Glastonbury lead.
Out of the break, Bogue took a cross from Madison Seymour to score her second of the game and 19th of the season just over 10 minutes into the second half. An own goal five minutes later gave Glastonbury a 5-0 lead and it just cruised the rest of the way to the historic victory.
There is no guessing how long the streak will continue for, but Finocchiaro knows his next two games will be tough.
“We have another game tomorrow so it’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Finocchiaro said. “We got RHAM coming in on Monday, who’s undefeated. They’re going to be a great opponent, very organized and so is Northwest Catholic and then we go to Berlin after that, so we have some tough games left on our regular season schedule.”