By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Southington Blue Knight soccer team earned its first win of the season after splitting this past week with a win and a loss.
Following a hard-fought season opener against Conard that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Knights suffered an overtime loss on the road, but displayed resiliency when they returned home a few days later to close out the week with a 3-0 sweep over Bloomfield.
The Knights opened their week at Simsbury where they suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime in their first road game of the season.
After a scoreless first half, the Trojans got on the board first with just over three minutes into the second half. Bajrami tied the contest at 1-1 with a goal midway through the half, ultimately sending the game into overtime. Following a scoreless first overtime, Simsbury secured the win with a goal with just under two minutes to play in the second overtime.
Daddona saved six of Simsbury’s eight shots on goal. Southington finished with five shots on goal and six corner kicks.
“Although we were not able to salvage a point at Simsbury, I was pleased with how well we competed,” the coach said. “Especially after going down a goal, we battled back, got the equalizer, and really put some heavy pressure on them down the stretch. It did not work out for us in overtime, but it was a highly competitive game, and the team worked extremely hard.”
Three days later, that effort paid off with a second half surge that blew open a scoreless tie.
John Testa and Joe Colaccino both scored a goal in the second half of the game, but it was Hayden Burbank’s goal from 35 yards out in between both scores that was the highlight of the day. Alexis Frausto and Owen Bajrami each contributed with an assist.
Evan Daddona saved one of Bloomfield’s two shots on goal. Southington finished with 25 shots on goal and nine corner kicks.
“It was probably our most complete game of this young season,” said Southington coach Dave Yanosy. “We played quality soccer, worked extremely hard, and responded well to being tied 0-0 at the half, despite hitting the post and crossbar four times. We stuck with our process and were eventually able to break them down.”
Southington is currently 1-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the CCC Central Blue.
The Knights will look to add more wins to their resume this week with games against Bristol Central (1-1-1) and Glastonbury (3-1).