THOMASTON - The Thomaston Middle School Girls Soccer team has just concluded another outstanding season under the guidance of coach Greg Blasko.
Finishing with a final record of 13-2-0, TMS poured on the offense, scoring 77 goals by 17 different players while allowing a stingy 15 against them.
Claire Saunders (21), Katie Guerin (14), Olivia Blasko (6), Haley Bethin (5), Nicole Decker (5) and Gwyn Romanzi (5) led the teams in total goals, proving that’s Blasko’s principles of possession and remaining calm being keys to the team’s success.
The midfield lead by Katie Guerin, Nicole Decker, Sophia Coer and Haley Bethin allowed Thomaston to play with poise and confidence, consistently maintaining possession.
Thomaston’s defense, led by Amber-Lynn Quick, Liliana VanOrmer, Ava Harkness, Kara Sacco and goalkeeper Cori Mola also contributed to the Bears’ possession game, as the 15 total goals in as many games shows.
The team’s only losses were to Har-Bur Middle School on September 27 (3-0) and October 8 (4-2)
“Har-Bur/Thomaston were two outstanding matches,” said Blasko. “Har-Bur was incredibly strong this season, but our girls hung in there every step of the way and never quit. We came up short in our first game which was our first loss since the fall of 2017.
“The girls improved in the second match, scoring early and then again late, forcing Har-Bur to have to play their absolute best,” Blasko said, an assessment shared by Har-Bur Middle School coach Bob Samudosky.
“Out of all the teams Har-Bur has played over the past two years, Thomaston has brought the best competition, there’s no question of that,” said Samudosky.
“Our starting 11 this season was excellent, but against Thomaston we really had to earn those two wins; we love those kind of games, and believe me Thomaston competes the entire time and it’s a testament to the players’ talent and Coach Blasko’s leadership,” Samudosky added.
Following the first Har-Bur match, Thomaston truly found its rhythm and yielded only three goals for the remainder of the season while scoring 46 times over nine games.
Thomaston also faced two new teams this season, Rochambeau MS (Southbury) and Memorial MS (Middlebury), outscoring the formerly-unseen opponents across four games by a margin of 15-1.
Another sign of improvement was a 5-0 win over Woodbury Middle School on October 17, a team TMS managed a 3-3 draw against last season.
It truly has been a special run for TMS, and Blasko knows that they have established a winning culture which the players will bring to the Thomaston High School program.
“Our twelve eighth grade players finished their middle school soccer careers with a two-year combined record of 23-2-2, scoring 141 goals while only giving up 28; I could not be any prouder of them,” said Blasko. “As this group enters high school next year, I believe the Berkshire League will really start to take notice of Thomaston girls soccer.”
And if anyone is expecting a drop off in 2020, Blasko believe they will in for a surprise.
“There is a strong group of seventh graders right behind the Class of 2020,” he warned.
“It’s a great time to be a Thomaston Golden Bear,” Blasko said with a smile.