By BRIAN JENNINGS
Chemistry and comradeship were just some of the characteristics that were widely discussed by their head coach in the season preview, but the Lady Knights (1-0) made it a reality when they began their season with a 14-4 triumph over Bristol Co-op (0-1) at home in the rain on Thursday, April 7. But after seeing a performance like she did in Thursday’s 10-point win, Southington coach Jill Pomposi is becoming more of a believer in her young, talented team.
“We had a lot of girls scoring, from freshmen all the way up to our upperclassmen,” the coach said. “There wasn’t really a time where we were very selfish as individuals. Watching on the sideline, you could see how happy they were together, congratulating and pumping each other up.”
The Knights had 10 different scorers in the contest. Jessie Pesce (4 shots on goal) paced the Knights offense with three goals. Morgan Raymond (5 shots on goal) and Hallie Altwies (4 shots on goal) each scored a pair of goals. Sydney Brault, Emily Gibney, Adeline Kilgore, Nickolina Doran, Jess Karwowski, Jenna Garcia, and Nicole Martocchio all scored a goal.
Brault scooped up three ground balls, and Altwies won three draws. Julia Wells saved eight of 12 shots on goal.
The Knights scored eight goals in the first half and four in the second half. Bristol Co-op split their four goals in both halves.
“Our transition looked pretty good,” said Pomposi. “It was tough with the rain on our sticks a little, but we adjusted and still transitioned very nicely. Our re-defending was awesome at parts of the game was awesome, as was our double-teaming in the top third. And we shot hard.”
Although their win was pretty decisive, there is still work that has to be done to fix some small mistakes on the field, explains Pomposi.
“When we’re in that position of being up by a few, we kind of just forget about the easy things,” the coach said. “We had a lot of turnovers from the ball just bouncing off of our sticks, not cradling and passing it. So it’s just those little, tiny details of taking care of the ball, and not forgetting about the fundamentals.”
But aside from minor mistakes, playing together is what Pomposi said will really help this Knights team in the end.
“It’s something that we did talk about, and it is evident,” said Pomposi. “And I think that’s really exciting. It’s the thing that really is going to help bring us to where we want to go.”
The future seems bright and the possibilities lay endless for these Knights, but their skills will be put to the test this week when they travel to Berlin (0-2) on Monday, April 11 and Simsbury (1-1) on Thursday, April 14.
The Knights are currently 14th out of 29 schools in the CIAC’s Class L rankings.
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