By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knight soccer team earned their second win of the season, but split results for the second week in a row. The Knight shut-out Platt but fell to Glastonbury in a lopsided shutout. Despite the score however, Southington coach Mike Linehan said that he still thought his team learned a lot from the loss.
He also said that he was pleased with their effort and wasn’t the only one who noticed.
“The Glastonbury coach [Joe Finocchiaro] came up to me right after the game and told me that we were the only team that did not give up at halftime,” the coach said. “I told the girls at halftime that all we want is to be respected by Glastonbury. We competed from beginning to end and earned their respect. A quality team like that, I’ll take that as a win.”
Glastonbury scored four goals in the first half and three in the second. The Tomahawks held the Knights to just three shots on goal. Mangassarian saved 10 of Glastonbury’s 17 shots on goal.
Glastonbury is currently tied for first in Class LL with Ridgefield. With the win over the Knights, the Tomahawks have won its last 42 games, including the postseason, claiming three of the last five Class LL titles. The last time the Tomahawks were defeated was at South Windsor on Sept. 23, 2014 in a 5-4 loss.
“They’re not just good. They’re very good,” said Linehan. “We had a great deal of confidence understanding where we are as a team, but I still believe that we retained the level of confidence that I saw prior to the game. We have a lot of season left and are still in the hunt to make the tournament.”
The loss came on the heels of a 3-0 shutout over a scrappy Platt team on Monday.
Melissa Drexler got the Knights going with a goal just under three minutes into the first half. Nikki Carter and Alexa Imme added insurance by each scoring a goal in the second half. Ariana Gazaferi contributed with an assist.
Southington finished with 14 shots on goal and seven corner kicks. Janelle Mangassarian saved all seven of Platt’s shots on goal.
“I thought that the game was a reflection of where we are as a program,” said Linehan. “We have gained some confidence and are beginning to believe in ourselves in being able to execute against some of the teams where we are definitely in need of having success.”
Southington is currently 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the CCC Central Blue.
The Knights will look to get back on track this week with games against Bristol Central (4-2) and New Britain (1-5).