WEST HAVEN -- As he left the huddle, leaving his players to digest his emotional post-game talk, Warde girls soccer coach Tom Cunningham put a finger to his mouth before pausing a moment to compose himself. The pain was still too fresh, too real. His players had played their hearts out and come so close to victory, only to have it stolen away.

About 30 yards away, the players from the Glastonbury Tomahawks were posing with the Class LL championship plaque after taking a 2-1 win in double overtime on a bitterly cold day at Ken Strong Stadium. For Warde, it was a very bittersweet pill to swallow. The Mustangs had been down, rallied to tie and went into overtime with the title on the line. Unfortunately, the Tomahawks made the play that won the game.

Maddy Lamagna scored a minute and a half into the first overtime and for the next 28-plus minutes, Glastonbury used superior ball possession to keep Warde at bay and win its second CIAC title.

"Our strategy going into overtime was not to sit back and to go at them and play in the wide areas," Glastonbury coach Joe Finocchiaro said. "We wanted to try and attack their wings and drive the ball to the goal line."

Lamagna did just that. Controlling the ball near midfield, she drove through two Mustangs defenders and from about 25 yards out, sent a rocket into the upper right corner of the net that beat Warde goalkeeper Mollie Kerrigan to give Glastonbury the lead.

"I haven't much confidence dribbling on my own and I finally thought that I could do it and I had a great opportunity," Lamagna said. "When I got by the defenders, I had a great angle and I took the shot and thankfully, it went in."

Try as it might, Warde, which had several solid opportunities to score in the second half, never had a decent chance in overtime. That was because the Tomahawks made sure to pressure the Mustangs in the midfield and take away any chances.

"That (overtime) goal was a tough one. It came pretty quick," Cunningham said. "Our girls didn't quit but Glastonbury is very well-coached. They know how to slow the game down, almost pack it in a little bit at the end and waste some time, so it was tough because we were fighting against the clock and against a very good team."

Glastonbury, which finished with a 22-1 record, took the lead just 12 minutes in when Evelyn Spencer drove down the left side and sent a shot past Kerrigan into the lower right corner of the net with 28:56 left in the half to give the Tomahawks a 1-0 lead.

Almost 15 minutes into the second half, it was still 1-0 but off a corner kick, Warde's Virginie Larcouche sent a spinner that eluded Tomahawks keeper Abbey Renaud and tied the game at 1-1.

"I just kicked it and I think the keeper was caught off guard," Larouche said. "I think the sun might have been in her eyes and it just went in."

The Mustangs nearly took the lead six minutes later when Jenn Maldonado -- who had been moved up to forward after playing most of the game back on defense -- drove down the right side, cut to the net and sent a shot that Renaud dove to smother.

Warde ends with a 17-4-3 record but can look back on being FCIAC co-champion and reaching the Class LL final.

"I couldn't have imagined that we would make it this far," said Larouche. "I'm so proud of everyone on the team."

"Tremendous season," said Cunningham. "What these girls were able to do this year was tremendous and I loved every moment being a part of it. The seniors set the bar for this team this season and I appreciate everything they've done for us."

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Class LL final

WARDE 0 1 0 0 --1

GLASTONBURY 1 0 1 0 --2

Records: Glastonbury 22-1, Warde 17-4-3. Goals: W--Virginie Larouche; G--Evelyn Spencer, Maddy Lamagna. Goalies: W--Mollie Kerrigan (7 saves), G --Abbey Renaud (4).