Soccer Notebook: Glastonbury, Farmington Set For Another Classic Showdown

One of Connecticut's most competitive high school soccer rivalries resumes on Friday as the Glastonbury boys travel to Farmington for a late-season showdown under the lights at 7 p.m.

Glastonbury (10-2-1) has won three straight after a tight 2-1 loss to undefeated E.O. Smith on Oct. 10. Farmington (9-1-2) is riding an eight-game winning streak and has not lost since Sept. 19, a 4-2 defeat to E.O. Smith.

"Farmington is probably the toughest place for us to play," Glastonbury coach Mark Landers said. "Quality goal-scoring opportunities will be hard to come by, the pace of the game will be very fast and emotions will be high playing under the lights."

The rivalry has intensified in recent years between the perennial state title contenders that have claimed the past four Class LL titles. Farmington won last year ending a string of three straight championships for the Tomahawks that included a 2-1 win in double overtime over the Indians in 2014.

The teams opened the season against one another on Sept. 8 in Glastonbury, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Glastonbury offensive star Sebby Sanzaro, who missed over one month with an injury, will be back for the rematch. Sanzaro returned to action and scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Avon.

Farmington is No. 3 in the LL ratings, and Glastonbury is fifth. The seedings and schedule for the CIAC state tournments will be released on Nov. 3.

"Steve Waters is a tremendous coach," Landers said. "He's helped build a program that anyone would want to model themselves after. Whenever we face off, you know it will be a tremendous game."

Friday is a rematch of the season-opener on Sept. 8 in Glastonbury, a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. Glastonbury has not lost in Farmington since Oct. 4, 2013.

"With both teams' changes in formations, styles or injuries, you're going to see two completely different teams than the ones in that first game." Landers said. "We view this as another opportunity to challenge ourselves, grow as a family and represent our town well."

Rocky Hill Girls Rolling

The Rocky Hill girls (11-1-1) have won 10 straight games to build momentum heading into the Class M tournament. Returning All-Courant defender Grace Moore and offensive standout Sarah Zarrilli are among five seniors that provide the veteran leadership that head coach AnneMarie Catania referred to as a difference-maker.

"Their chemistry and desire to win are off the charts," Catania said. "I had conversations with my seniors before the season about what we needed to do to be successful, and they've exceeded expectations."

Rocky Hill travels to rival Wethersfield (9-3-1) Wednesday. The teams played to a 0-0 tie in Rocky Hill on Sept. 12. Catania said that meeting had the feeling of a tournament game, and added that her team is still haunted by last year's 6-1 loss at the Eagles.

"We don't even talk about it because we never want to have a game like that again," she said. "Our mentality has been to treat every game like a state championship game. We've had tough wins and easy wins, and these girls don't want to lose."

Lewis Mills Boys Among Berkshire's Best

The Lewis Mills boys (12-0-1) have emerged atop the Berkshire League. However, head coach Ben Kulas is urging his team not to look past any opponent.

"We don't play in a power conference, but if one of those schools were to beat us, it would make their season," Kulas said. "I'm on my boys constantly to not make mistakes, because even if I spot something and it doesn't hurt us in a [Berkshire] game, it could hurt us in the Class M tournament against a team like Suffield."

Despite rallying from a 3-0 deficit, Lewis Mills fell short against Brookfield in last year's Class M quarterfinals. Senior captain John Mudgett and sophomore midfielder Chris Sederquist have led this year's offensive charge. The team has nine shutout wins.

"Any little mistake that might be apparent right now, we want to fix," Kulas said. "We've got two weeks to practice, and I hope they're ready." ...

With a scoreless tie Monday against Mercy, the Hand girls' 14-game winning streak came to an end. The Tigers (14-1-1) had not lost or tied since losing the season-opener to Guilford. … The RHAM girls (12-1) pulled ahead of Hand atop the Class L rankings and have only lost to Enfield (12-0-1). … The Old Saybrook boys (16-0) have clinched the Shoreline Conference title and rank first in Class S.

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