By BRIAN JENNINGS
After a very successful start to the season, the boys soccer team (8-1-1, 4-1-0 in division) lost their first game of the season to Glastonbury (9-1-0, 4-1-0 in division) at home on Monday, Oct. 5, 3-1, but managed to bounce back with two wins on the road.
Glastonbury jumped on the board first with a goal midway through the first period. After about four minutes into the second period, Glastonbury struck again with another goal, and then added another on a strong, quick offensive attack 20 seconds later, giving them a 3-0 lead.
Southington coach Dave Yanosy said that he told his guys, if there’s one thing he was upset with, it was the third goal.
“It was the response to giving up the second goal, where for the first time this year, I kind of thought we switched off,” said Yanosy. “Then, within seconds, here comes the third one. Mark [Landers] does a really good job with them, especially with the mental aspect of the game. You could tell that they don’t let up when they score a goal. They try to get the next one right away. Their depth is good and they are well-coached. After that, I thought the response was very positive. We didn’t quit and we had some really good opportunities.”
Erik Kryzanski gave the Blue Knights their only goal of the game shortly after off of a header from a corner kick by Nick Falco with 32:12 to go in the game. The Knights would have a couple opportunities to score later in the game from inside Glastonbury’s penalty box on set pieces, but would not be able to find the net.
The Knights finished the game with four shots on goal and six corner kicks. Evan Daddona saved 11 of Glastonbury’s 15 shots on goal.
“It’s a meaningful game on Oct. 5” said Yanosy. “Certainly, our guys were up for it. I thought we did a pretty good job. We knew that defending was going to be a part of the equation today. I thought we did a pretty good job with that throughout the day. With that being said, Glastonbury’s a very good team. They were a lot for us to handle today, but I was proud of the way we battled.”
After Monday’s loss to Glastonbury, the Knights moved on with their heads held high and were resilient on the rest of the way on the road. On Thursday, the Knights traveled to Conard (5-5-0, 2-3-0 in division) for a 2-0 win.
Parker Mulholland scored the first goal about five minutes into the game inside of the left post, assisted by Erik Schneider. The second goal came moments later off of the foot of Schneider, just outside of the penalty box, se up by Mike DeFeo. The Knights took 12 shots on goal and one corner kick. Daddona saved five of Conard’s 10 shots on goal.
The next day on Friday, the Knights traveled to Veteran’s Stadium in Willow Brook Park where they defeated New Britain (4-6-1), 3-1.
New Britain jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal midway through the first period, but wouldn’t be able to recover for the rest of the game. The Knights tied the game at 1-1 with a goal from Hayden Burbank with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. From there, the Knights took over. Kryzanski gave the Knights a 2-1 lead just over five minutes into the second half on a free kick. Schneider sealed the deal a few minutes later with a goal, assisted by Ryan Burrill.
The Knights took 12 shots on goal and 12 corner kicks. Daddona saved four of New Britain’s nine shots on goal.
The Knights are currently in second place of the Blue Division of the Central Region, behind Glastonbury, and will look to build on their wins by fighting for better seeding in the tournament when they host Simsbury (6-4-0) on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Hall (6-3-1) on Friday.