Wethersfield entered the match against Farmington with an 8-0-2 record, but knew Farmington, which is in CIAC Class LL, would be a tough battle for the Eagles, who are a Class L squad.
The Eagles took the first goal late in the first half, but the River Hawks responded just three minutes later. Farmington added two second half goals to seal the win.
“We did pretty good. I told them they were a little deeper than us. We had some good moments in the first half, and not as many in the second half,” said Wethersefield Coach Rob Jachym. “We needed a second goal, because we knew they had a good attack and have been scoring a lot of goals. Against good teams, one goal isn’t supposed to feel comfortable.”
Farmington coach Nick Boorman said his team, comprised of 16 seniors and 10 juniors, has been playing well.
“I’ve got an incredible team. All 26 guys are hard workers and team players,” he said. “Every day they practice hard. Our goal is to get better everyday and every time we line up, we’re playing to win the game, as a team.”
Heading into the season’s stretch run, Boorman said there isn’t much he plans to change.
“We want to play the Farmington soccer way,” he said. “We want to have the best sportsmanship and the best work ethic, and the best toughness. We want to possess the ball with a purpose, we want to press, we want to stay compact, and we want to stay ‘Farmington tough.’”
“We needed to be great today to beat them,” Jachym said. “We were good.”
Also a senior-heavy team (one junior on the roster), Wethersfield will look to compose and regain confidence before tourney time.
“I did tell them that, if you want to win a state title, you’re going to have a few of these games late in the year, and we’re going to have to win these types of games” Jachym said.
With teams like Avon, South Windsor and East Hartford on their remaining schedule, the Farmington coach said there are certainly challenges remaining, and had no problem heaping praise on Wethersfield.
“I truly believe we play the toughest schedule possible in the CCC, and that’s the best conference in New England,” Boorman said. “It’s great to play against Wethersfield. I could see them winning a state championship in Class L for sure. They’re an excellent team and they’re really well-coached.”
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