Conard Boys Soccer drop to Glastonbury in opener for new coach – We-Ha

Conard’s boys football team lost a close game against Glastonbury on Thursday afternoon at McKee Stadium in West Hartford.

Becca Lewis, Conard’s trainer. Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

Conard’s boys’ football team have a new name and a new manager, but the start of the season hasn’t gone to plan with the Red Wolves falling to Glastonbury 1-0 on Thursday afternoon at home to West Hartford.

Glastonbury are still a very good team, said Conard head coach Becca Lewis, a history teacher at the school who made history herself when she was named the first female coach- head of the men’s football program this year.

“You have to give them their due,” Lewis said of the Guardians. “They presented a great game plan, but I don’t think we played our best game today. We left a lot of things on the pitch and there is a lot to improve. I’m glad we got the chance to see them again.

The match was a half-time goalless draw and Conard dominated play after the break but was unable to deliver. The score remained 0-0 until, with 22:28 left in the second half, Glastonbury elder Ben Pavano beat Conard keeper Elijah Clymer.

Gabe Sosa. Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard’s boys have always struggled against Glastonbury. Lewis said she had a lot of respect for their fantastic program, for their history. Glastonbury is a perennial contender for the state championship, which the program won in 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013 under former coach Mark Landers, now Gladiators girls coach.

But Lewis has confidence in his team.

“I know we are fully capable of beating Glastonbury,” she said. “I think if we play like we know, I think it could have been a very different outcome. … I also believe we have the skills to compete with any team in the state.

Conard has a lot of talent, Lewis said. Tony Catanzaro, who will play at UMass Amherst next year, is definitely a top player, she said, and Sami Dridi, Chris Roberts and Diwash Pun are among those who can score. “It’s just about moving them forward and having them work together and on the same page.”

Sami Dridi. Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard will travel to Avon on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. start before returning home to host New Britain on Friday, September 16 at 3.30 p.m. The rematch with the Guardians is on September 29 at 4.30 p.m. at Glastonbury.

Lewis said she was really happy with how the team responded to her as a new coach. “They worked hard. They’ve put in a couple of good weeks of work and we just have to keep improving every day.

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard goalkeeper Elijah Clymer makes a save. Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Conard versus Glastonbury Boys Football. September 8, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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