Boys soccer just misses 2 game-winners

Southington goalie Evan Daddona makes one of his six saves to secure a tie against Conard in the season opener.

Southington goalie Evan Daddona makes one of his six saves to secure a tie against Conard in the season opener.

By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

The score was tied, 1-1, late in the second half when Joseph Colaccino received a pass just outside of the box and fired a high arching shot in desperation. The ball clanged downward after hitting the bottom of the crossbar and deflected off of a diving goalkeeper’s hand.

It was just about as close to a game-winning score as you can get…without scoring.

“That was a great shot,” said Southington coach Dave Yanosy. “He hit it well. It ricocheted and didn’t bounce for us, but it was certainly a good effort from about 25 yards out.”

On Friday, Sept. 9, the Blue Knight soccer team nearly scored the victory but settled for a hard-fought 1-1 tie against Conard in their season opener at home. Southington would have another opportunity to score in the closing minutes of the second overtime, but once again, would not find the back of the net.

“It’s tough in a 1-1 game,” the coach said. “It gets tense because it’s 1-1, there’s 20 minutes left, and then you get into overtime. You get a little bit out of a rhythm just because that’s the nature of the game. You certainly don’t want to make a mistake going backwards, so you air on the side of caution.”

Colaccino put the Knights on the board first with a goal, assisted by Alexis Frausto, midway through the first half. Conard responded with a goal midway through the second half.

“Conard’s a good team,” said Yanosy. “They have a decent amount of guys back, and (Chieftains coach) Adam Linker does a great job getting them prepared. Unfortunately, we let back in it, and then it kind of turned into a little bit more of dogfight down the stretch. But that’s certainly what you would expect against a formidable opponent in Conard. We knew that it was going to be a good battle today.”

Both teams took seven shots on goal. Evan Daddona finished with six saves in the goal for the Knights.

“We did a good job of getting on the board with our first goal,” the coach said. “I thought we did a decent job of creating opportunities. I was really pleased with the defense. Joe did a really good job today and Evan Daddona was great in the goal, especially down the stretch. We held it together pretty well in the back.”

The Knights will look for their first win of the season this week with games against Simsbury (1-0) and Bloomfield (0-1).

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at bjennings@southingtonobserver.com.

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