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High School Soccer: Streak Never Focus For Glastonbury's Girls

The Glastonbury girls' 63-game regular season winning streak came to a halt in untraditional fashion, via a 0-0 tie with Tolland on Sept. 19, which marked the end of the longest such streak in state history.

"We never really thought about [the streak], because we understand it was something built by past teams," head coach Joe Finocchiaro said. "We're grateful to all those players for their contributions, but this is such a new team. It's completely a rebuilding year for us."

Glastonbury's 63 consecutive wins set a new state record for high school soccer, breaking the previous mark of 49, set by Trumbull in 1999. However, the team still has an unbeaten streak of 66 games and counting, as their 2017 record stands at 5-0-1. Goalkeeper Maddie Gehrhardt, a junior, has yet to allow a goal this season, helping Glastonbury to cumulatively outscore opponents 8-0.

"[Gehrhardt] has been exceptional, she's been patient on the bench the last two years, waiting for her chance to step in," Finocchiaro said. "Mackenzie Baker is only a sophomore and she has three goals in her last two games, our senior captains have all contributed. I'm very happy with our start."

E.O. Smith unbeaten: E.O. Smith has been the class of the CCC for the boys side thus far, after a 5-3 win over Manchester boosted their record to 6-0. Senior center forward Cooper Knecht has anchored the early season success, set a season high by scoring all five of the team's goals against Manchester.

"Cooper is scoring at an unbelievable pace, he's come close to having a hat trick in every game, but he's got a good team behind him," head coach Rob Blomstrann said. "Our only problem is Will Toomey has only played in two games so far because of turf toe. He's a great center midfield defender, and you saw [against Manchester] we gave up a few without him."

South Windsor coach Pete Lepak said Blomstrann's unit will be a "big test" when the teams meet on Oct. 13. A challenging schedule had Lepak startled prior to the start of the season, but after wins over contenders such as Glastonbury and RHAM, South Windsor stands at 4-1.

"We're a pretty balanced team, and our strength is possession," he said. "Everyone front to back does a great job passing, we're a fast team, we can transition quickly and really wear our opponents out."

Sanzaro injured: Glastonbury (4-1-1) was dealt a major blow in its loss to South Windsor, as senior captain Sebby Sanzaro suffered an MCL injury that is expected to cost him a significant amount of playing time. Sanzaro is a four-year varsity player and two-time state champion.

"Sebby epitomizes high school soccer, he's our emotional team leader and players look up to him," head coach Mark Landers said. "A lot of guys are going to have to step up in his absence, it has to be a collective effort." ... Coach David Zlatin of Avon (3-1-1) said his defensively oriented team is focused on "keeping clean sheets and taking chances when we get them," and said facing opponents such as E.O. Smith and Danbury toughened them up for the regular season. … The injury bug also struck Southington's boys, as Evan Daddona broke his hand in a 3-1 loss to Glastonbury on Sept. 22. ... The RHAM girls are the CCC's only perfect unit at 6-0 and have outscored opponents 18-3. The team's next two games are against Berlin (5-1) Thursday and Enfield (5-0-1) on Oct. 2.

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