By John Goralski
The Lady Knight soccer team battled two of their three opponents into overtime, but only came away with a single point. Southington’s back is against the wall, and the girls are running out of time.
A 5-0 loss to NW Catholic was sandwiched by two hard-fought overtime games. The Knights held on for a tie in the first one, but the second slipped away in the final minutes of the second extra frame.
With just four games remaining, the girls need to manufacture three wins.
On Monday, Oct. 6, Emily Lippincott scored in the first half, and Conard tied the game in the final minutes or regulation, but Southington came away with a 1-1 tie.
Janelle Mangassarian and Margaret Mellitt combined for 12 saves and 10 minutes of scoreless overtime play. Alaina Albino earned an assist.
Swept by NW Catholic
NW Catholic scored twice in the first half and three more after the break. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, a 5-0 loss to NW Catholic snapped Southington’s three-game hot streak.
Mangassarian and Mellitt combined for six saves in the loss.
For 80 minutes of regulation, Southington battled Farmington to a scoreless tie. For seven minutes of overtime, the Knights held off the Indian attack.
But with 3 minutes left to go in overtime, Farmington scored the winning goal. Mangassarian and Mellitt combined for 11 saves in the loss, but Southington fell to 3-8-1 with the loss.
Now, the Knights need to score at least three wins or two wins and two ties over the final weeks of the season if they are going to keep their postseason hopes alive.
It won’t be easy. Southington will travel to Hall (6-3-3) and Simsbury (10-1-1) this week and will close out the season against Newington (6-5-1), and New Britain (2-10).