Knights are still fighting for respect

Kate Kemnitz passes away from a defender during a loss to NW Catholic.

Kate Kemnitz passes away from a defender during a loss to NW Catholic.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The girl’s soccer team (1-5-1) continued to battle for a spot in the postseason over the past week, but dropped two games in the process.

The Lady Knights hosted NW Catholic (7-1) on Monday, Sept. 28 in a 7-0 loss.

NW Catholic scored four goals in the first half and three in the second. The Knights took five shots on goal and Janelle Mangassarian saved 14 of NW Catholic’s 23 shots on goal. NW Catholic had three corner kicks in the game.

The Knights traveled to Hall on Friday, where they fell short 6-0.

Hall scored one goal in the first half, with the rest of their goals coming in the second.

The Knights took nine shots on goal and Mangassarian saved six of Hall’s 12 shots on goal. The Knights had one corner kick in the game and Hall had two.

“I look at every game as a means to further develop the program,” said Southington coach Mike Linehan. “When it’s six or 5-0 in games, then I’m coaching to develop. Certainly when I start that game, my approach is the same with the intent to win. I challenged them in the second half of the NW Catholic game. I told that, yes, we are going in to score goals, but let’s see how many give-and-go’s and combinations can we create. Do something in the game so that we can take from the game, if not the win, the developments going forward.”

The Knights will look to get back in contention when they host New Britain (1-6) on Monday, Oct. 5, travel to Weaver (0-6), return home to take on Conard (4-2-1) on Thursday, and head back out on the road to visit Hartford Public (0-7) on Saturday.

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

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