Soccer is halfway there: Defense allows just 1 goal

Chelsea Cocozza takes a shot during during a 1-0 loss to Farmington on Sept. 16.

Chelsea Cocozza takes a shot during during a 1-0 loss to Farmington on Sept. 16.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

After opening the 2015 season up with a 1-0 win at Windsor (0-2-1), the girl’s soccer team (1-1-1, 1-1-1 in division) fell short to Farmington (3-0) at home Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1-0.

Even though they didn’t win the game, Southington coach Mike Linehan said that he thought the Lady Knights won in the category that he is looking for, and that it was one of the better games that they have played thus far.

“Farmington’s going to be very good in our division,” said Linehan. “They’re preseason probably in the top of the CCC. They are very dynamic and very well trained. For us to come out and hold them to the way they did for our second game of the year, I could not ask for anything more. I said to the girls that every game and moment is for us to get better. That’s what it was. We got better.”

Farmington defeated the Knights during the regular season, 3-1 at Farmington and the 1-0 in overtime at home. Farmington defeated Conard 5-4 in their first game of the season.

Defense has been key for the Lady Knights, as they have only allowed one goal in three games, but there is another area where Linehan said his girls will need to train.

“Right now our defense is just a tad ahead of our offense,” said the coach. “When we get into the offensive thirds, we don’t look comfortable. I told them that those are special moments that you are going to have, but you don’t want to look at being in the offensive third as if it is a big surprise. I want them to feel more comfortable in that environment.”

Farmington’s Taylor Henning scored the only goal of the game with 34:51 remaining in the second half. Janelle Manganissian and Megan Humphrey saved 19 of Farmington’s 24 shots on goal. The Knights took eight shots on goal (Erin Angelillo with two).

On Friday, the Knights drew a scoreless tie through two overtime periods when they battled Conard (1-1-1, 1-1-1 in division) in West Hartford.

The Knights only took three shots on goal for the game (Hubert Taylor with two), all coming in the first half. Manganissian saved 19 of Conard’s 22 shots on goal. The Knights also had three corner kicks.

The Knights currently sit in fourth place in the Blue Division of the Central Region behind Glastonbury (3-0, 3-0 in division), Simsbury (2-0-1, 1-0-1 in division), and Conard. The Knights will look to bounce back at Glastonbury during the week and as host of Simsbury on Friday, Sept. 25.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at BJennings@SouthingtonObserver.com.

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