Conard’s three-game win streak ends at the hands of state power Glastonbury.
By Marlon Pitter
Despite a quick start, the Conard boys soccer team fell behind early and couldn’t make a comeback in a 4-1 loss to Glastonbury Tuesday afternoon at McKee Stadium in West Hartford.
Playing aggressively on the ball, the Chieftains (6-4-2) swarmed Glastonbury to start the game, but the Tomahawks (11-0-1) scored twice in under a minute to create a lead they would sustain throughout the contest.
Alec Hughes scored first on a penalty kick at the 29:11 mark in the first half. Jake Calderbank made it 2-0 for Glastonbury 45 seconds later.
The Tomahawks led 3-0 at halftime after a goal from Zachary Gardner with 19:16 to play.
Conard head coach Adam Linker said he liked how his team performed against one of the state’s top teams, especially coming out aggressively early on.
“I thought that we gave them a lot of troubles with the aggression we went in here against them [with],” Linker said. “Our game plan was high pressure all over the place. We were just gonna make sure they had no time on the ball. In the first 15 minutes, we were all over them.”
Linker said the penalty call leading to the first goal changed the complexion of what could have been a closer game for his team.
“If we would have cut back on a few of the mistakes, it could have been a closer game,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and say that we had more chances than them because they’re a tremendous team, but the tide turned with a very questionable call back here, which went against us.”
Glastonbury extended its lead to 4-0 early in the second half, as Gardner tapped in a rebound on a free kick dropped by Conard goalie Baden Krisst at the 39:13 mark.
The Chieftains created more chances in the second half but couldn’t break through until Colin Wright scored with 5:24 to play.
Conard will travel to face Windsor (6-5-1) Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
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