Staples eliminated by Glastonbury in Class LL girls soccer
GLASTONBURY -- The Staples girls soccer team worked tirelessly in the second half in search of an equalizing goal against top-seeded Glastonbury in the Class LL quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. Trailing down the stretch, the Wreckers buzzed around the penalty area and even tested Tomahawks goalie Abbey Renaud on multiple occasions.
But No. 8 Staples couldn't find the back of the net and fell to Glastonbury 2-1, ending the Wreckers season at 14-3-5. The Tomahawks advanced to next week's semifinals to take on Simsbury or South Windsor.
Glastonbury scored goals with 2:15 left in the first half and 33 seconds into the second half to claim the win. Lydia Shaw replied for Staples with 36:21 left, but the Wreckers couldn't get closer.
"We conceded two goals at bad times, one before the half and one right after the half," Staples coach Barry Beattie said. "And then we're chasing the game. We did score a good goal, we pushed hard."
Glastonbury's clinical passing throughout the first half eventually led to a goal with 2:15 left in the period. Maddy Lamagna raced down the middle of the field and delivered a through ball to Brittany Uricchio, who finished past Wreckers goalie Mary Bennewitz.
The Tomahawks struck again early in the second half. Evelyn Spencer picked up the ball on the wing, raced into the corner and delivered the perfect cross for Lamagna, who scored.
"They moved the ball brilliantly," Beattie said. "One through 11 on the starting field, they moved the ball better than anyone I've seen," Beattie said. "We got beat by the No. 1 team in the state, so we can't complain."
Shaw finished off a set piece with a headed goal for Staples to halve the deficit. Glastonbury returned to its passing style and could have increased its lead on multiple occasions.
"We had a great first half and in the second half Staples made some adjustments and put pressure on us," Glastonbury coach Joe Finocchiaro said, adding the Wreckers were the toughest opponent his team faced all season. "We fell asleep on that set piece goal there."
Staples found another gear with time winding down and had two chances of its own to draw even. Meg Root came closest with an overhead kick attempt midway through the second half. Renaud had to make a fingertip save just to get the ball behind the goal. Soon after, Tia Zajec hit a hard shot that was saved.
"They don't lie down for anyone, they don't roll over," Beattie said. "They come and they fight and they try to push forward and that's what we did."
The Wreckers final chance came with 3:30 when Lauren Garcia quickly took a free kick that Renaud collected.
After not winning a postseason game a year ago, the Wreckers had a season to remember. Staples claimed a share of the FCIAC title last month in addition to reaching the final eight in Class LL.
"I'm delighted with the overall season," Beattie said. "The girls were excellent; they've done more than what I asked. We achieved more than what we set out for."
Glastonbury 2, Staples 1
STAPLES 0 1--1
GLASTONBURY 1 1--2
Records: Staples 14-3-5; Glastonbury 17-1. Goals: S--Lydia Shaw; G--Brittany Uricchio, Maddy Lamagna. Assists: G--Lamagna, Evelyn Spencer. Goalies: S--Mary Bennewitz (6 saves); G--Abbey Renaud (5 saves). Shots: S--11; G--14.