To the editor:
Sports is about playing as a team and being able to follow rules that allow for fair play. I have followed the Southington Knights Boys varsity soccer team very closely during the past six years. This year was the best team they have put together.
They have improved each year and after last year’s heartbreaking loss in a monsoon this team bounced back to the best start ever. At the end of the regular season they had three losses, two of which were to Glastonbury. All during the season they played as a team and left it all on the field not to be denied a playoff spot this year.
The team managed a win during the first round. In the second round they lost, 4-0, to Bridgeport Central. The story did not end there. Bridgeport went on to defeat Hall only to told by the CIAC that it is a forfeit due to ineligible players.
The fact that Bridgeport played with ineligible players during at least the playoffs cost the team of Southington the chance to advance. They lost to a team that had cheated, and the CIAC should have tossed all the playoff games out that Bridgeport played in thereby giving the opportunity for a true win or loss.
Instead the CIAC let Hall continue on in the playoffs.
There has to be a better way of the teams being vetted prior to the playoffs so teams like the Southington Knights varsity soccer team has a chance to play as a team in a fair way. These boys deserved at least that much with the never give up attitude.
I hope the CIAC revisits this situation for the future integrity of the game. I would also ask the Southington Board of Education send a letter of protest to the CIAC as well. From where I stand, the Southington boys soccer program deserved much better.
John P. Moise, Southington