Abe Breslow figured the day was coming. He had heard about Glastonbury approaching the state record for consecutive girls soccer victories.
And as the coach of the team which used to own that streak at 49 straight games, Breslow was well aware that records were made to be broken. He congratulated both Glastonbury coach Joe Finocchiaro and the Tomahawk players on their 50th straight win last Thursday against Avon.
“Teams like these and seasons like these come along once in a coach’s lifetime, if it comes along,” Breslow said. “You have to have the players and you have to have the luck.”
Trumbull certainly had the players – Breslow had 10 who went on to play Division I women’s soccer. Among them were Vanessa Pruzinsky (Notre Dame), Maureen Metzger (Yale), Kyle McAuley (Providence) and Manya Makoski (Arizona State, now an assistant coach at Maryland).
Trumbull’s 49-game winning streak began late in 1996 and continued early into the 1999 season when the Golden Eagles lost to Wilton.
In between were Class L state championships and FCIAC titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998. That Wilton loss was the only one Trumbull suffered in 1999 as the program tacked on another state and league title.
“I had a dynasty, Breslow said. “The FCIAC has historically been a strong league. Teams with so-so records would get into the (state) tournament and advance. I feel more sad for the players that accomplished (the streak) than for myself. They put their hearts into it.”
Breslow said his high school team, Hale-Ray, won 42 straight games at one point under former coach Tom Nevers.
The pressure built with each game the Trumbull girls played until the streak ended – something Glastonbury will have to deal with, in addition to being the two-time Class LL state champions.
“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,” Finocchiaro told GameTimeCT.com after the record-breaking victory.