Girls soccer is on the brink of clinching the postseason

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By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights soccer team remained out on the road over the week, finishing two contests with a tie, bringing their record to 4-7-2 on the season.

Southington traveled to West Hartford on Friday, Oct. 16 where they settled with a 1-1 draw against Hall (5-4-3). Hall scored the first goal of the game with just over four minutes to go in the first half. Alexa Imme tied the game with a goal in the beginning of the second half, assisted by Taylor Hubert.

The Knights took 11 shots on goal and five corner kicks. Janelle Mangassarian saved 10 of Hall’s 16 shots on goal. Hall took four corner kicks in the game.

“It was a great team effort,” said Southington coach Mike Linehan. “They worked hard and are starting to believe in themselves. This was a big step towards qualifying for the tournament. We have three games remaining and need three points. This provides a big confidence boost for next week.”

A couple days earlier on Wednesday,  Oct. 14, Southington suffered a 6-0 loss at Simsbury (6-4-2).

Four of Simsbury six goals came within the first 30 minutes of the game. The Knights took five shots on goal and one corner kick. Mangassarian saved four of Simsbury’s 10 shots on goal. Simsbury took two corner kicks in the game.

“The injuries continued to mount, but the younger players are playing well,” said Linehan. “The score does not indicate how well we played, at times. The second half proved, to many of the girls, that they can play against the bigger stronger teams.”

Only needing two more wins or a win and a tie (three points), Southington will try to qualify for the Class LL state tournament when they host Bulkeley (1-11-0) on Monday, Oct. 19, travel to Avon (4-4-3) on Thursday, Oct. 22, and return home to welcome Glastonbury (12-0-0) in their season finale on Monday, Oct. 26.

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