By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights soccer team (1-3-1) took on two of the top teams in the Central region over the week, but Southington fell short in both contests.
On Tuesday, the Knights traveled to Glastonbury (5-0), where they were defeated, 4-0. Glastonbury scored three goals in the first half, with their fourth goal coming in the second. Janelle Mangassarian saved 22 of Glastonbury’s 25 shots on goal.
The Knights took just two shots on goal, while Glastonbury took seven corner kicks in the game.
Friday’s matchup at home against Simsbury (3-0-2) brought a 3-1 loss to the Knights.
Natalie Verderame scored the Knights’ only goal of the game, 9:10 into the first half, assisted by Jess Howe.
Simsbury scored all three of their goals in the first half, two within the first five minutes and the last with about four minutes to go in the half. Mangassarian saved seven of Simsbury’s 10 shots on goal, while Southington managed just two shots on net.
Simsbury took the only corner kick of the game.
Although they are losses, Southington coach Mike Linehan said that his girls are doing everything that he asks them to do, labeling them as fighters.
“They are putting 150 percent into the effort,” said Linehan. “These games are going to be hard on them. Don’t measure them as soccer players on the basis of winning and losing games. These kids are working their rear ends off. They are not losers. They are going through a transition and are going to have some growing pains.”
The Knights are currently fifth in the Blue Division of the Central Region and will look to get back on track when they host NWC (5-1) on Monday, Sept. 28.