Knights eliminated: Girls soccer edged out of postseason

Natalie Rickard squeezes between two Avon defenders during a 4-0 road loss on Oct. 22.

Natalie Rickard squeezes between two Avon defenders during a 4-0 road loss on Oct. 22.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

Although the girls soccer team was eliminated from the postseason after an 8-0 loss at home to Glastonbury (15-0-0) on Monday, Oct. 26, Southington coach Mike Linehan said that his future graduates still enjoyed their final experience as a Lady Knight on senior night.

“It was all about the seniors,” said Linehan. “I give Glastonbury a tremendous amount of credit. Despite the score, he [Joe Finocchiaro] allowed the seniors to experience their last game and enjoy themselves. I did not ask him to do that. The girls won’t remember the score. They’ll remember the hugs and love they got from other teammates. Glastonbury was the best team tonight, not only in the category of goals, but in sportsmanship and the way they treated us. I went up to Joe couples times and thanked him to allow these girls to end their season with a level of dignity and respect.”

Senior Erin Angelillo played for five minutes in the game after sustaining an injury early on in the season that sidelined her for the rest of the season.

Six of Glastonbury’s eight goals came in the first half. Southington took two shots on goal and no corner kicks. Janelle Mangassarian saved six of Glastonbury’s 18 shots on goal.

Last week on Thursday, Oct. 22, the Knights traveled to Fisher Meadow Park where they suffered a 4-0 loss to Avon (5-5-4).

Avon split goals with two scores in each half. Southington took eight