By BRIAN JENNINGS
The first shot hit off of the right post about three minutes into the second half. The second came off of a corner kick that bounced off of the left post with just over four minutes left in the game.
The Blue Knights soccer team had their opportunities in Friday, Oct. 16’s 3-0 loss at home to Hall (8-3-1), but could not capitalize on their chances, both on a breakaway and a corner kick.
“The first 70 minutes of the game, I thought we played really well,” said Southington coach Dave Yanosy. “Hall’s obviously a really good team, who knocked off Glastonbury [10-2-0] the other week. They’ve gotten hot as the season has progressed. They’re certainly a good team, but we created some opportunities and defended when we had to. We were able to get forward and generate some opportunities. We just had a little bit of tough luck. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.
After Southington’s second shot off of the post, Hall responded with two goals, 23 seconds apart from each other. Their first goal came in the first half.
“When they got that second goal, it was kind of like déjà vu all over again, similar to what we did against Glastonbury,” said Yanosy. “It doesn’t really sit well with me because we have to learn from that. We have to learn that even when things aren’t going well, we have to respond in a positive manner.”
Yanosy said that he thought his boys were very dangerous on their set pieces, which gave them opportunities to score.
“We got on the end of quite a bit of them and caused some havoc,” said Yanosy. “I thought we did a really good job with that. It’s a strength of ours, so the majority of our opportunities were coming from set pieces.”
The Knights took six shots on goal and six corner kicks. Evan Daddona saved eight of Hall’s 11 shots on goal. Hall took one corner kick in the game.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Southington ended their home game against Simsbury (6-4-2) in a 0-0 tie. The Knights took seven shots on goal and five corner kicks. Daddona saved all of Simsbury’s eight shots on goal. Simsbury took three corner kicks in the game.
Southington currently sits in second in the Blue Division of the Central Region behind Glastonbury with a 7-2-2 record (ninth in the CCC, 10th in Class LL). The Knights will look to bounce back from their off week when they travel to Bulkeley (2-9-1) on Monday, Oct. 19 and return home to host Avon (9-3-0) on Thursday, Oct. 22.