Boys win last second showdown with Berlin, sweep the week

soccer-shsBy BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

With the score knotted at 1-1 and less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, the ball was thrown in to Daniel Topper as he worked the possession into Berlin’s corner for a corner kick with a little over 10 seconds left.

“It was just a heads-up play by Danny,” said Southington coach Dave Yanosy. “He put the ball down right away and didn’t wait one second. Instead of waiting over five seconds to get everyone in and maybe not even get the opportunity to take a final shot, he put the ball down and got the corner kick off.”

Ronaldo Nieto and Alexis Frausto were the only two Southington players in the box. The ball just floated over Nieto’s head, but Frausto charged on the back post and one-timed the shot with a sliding volley.

“It really good work for Ronaldo and Alexis to be alert enough to make really good, quality runs, even though they were the only two in there,” the coach said. “That’s a high-skill type of finish and is pretty hard to do. For Alexis to be there and execute the volley was certainly awesome.”

Win at Berlin

SEPT. 27—The Blue Knight soccer team moved closer to the Class LL tournament with a pair of wins this past week, but it was the game at Berlin that really made things interesting.

“We were going nuts,” said Yanosy. “We’ve won some games over the years in overtime and had some late goals, but never within the last 10 seconds.”

Southington rebounded from their loss to Glastonbury the week prior by handing the Redcoats their first loss, 2-1, of the season at Berlin on Tuesday with a goal in the final seconds of the game.

They got off to a great start this year,” the coach said. “I think everyone took notice when they beat Glastonbury the previous week, which is obviously a really good win for them. We went over there with a really good attitude though. We worked extremely hard and played really well, able to come out with a win.”

Joseph Colaccino put the first point of the game on the board with a goal—assisted by Elijah Rodriguez—midway through the first half, and Berlin responded with a goal early in the second half to tie the contest at 1-1.

Southington finished with eight shots on goal and two corner kicks. Evan Daddona saved six of Berlin’s eight shots on goal.

“Scoring with 10 seconds left in the game is something that I haven’t been a part of in my 16 years,” said Yanosy. “It was a testament to the work that we do, really buying into playing the full 80 minutes. Our guys just kept playing until the very end, and because we were able to do that, we were able to create that one last opportunity.”

Win vs. New Britain

SEPT. 30—The Knights traveled to New Britain on Friday where they earned their fourth win and third shutout of the season by blanking the Golden Hurricanes, 2-0.

“Their record is somewhat deceiving,” said Yanosy. “They have a really good team and have been in all of their games, scoring quite a few goals. Going into it, we thought that we were facing a high-powered offense.”

Colaccino and Hayden Burbank each scored goals in the first half. Burbank’s goal came off of a free kick from about 30 yards out.

“That was an unbelievable type of free kick,” the coach said. “He struck it well. It was knuckling and dipping as it hit some of the bar.”

Mike DeFeo contributed with an assist. Southington finished with 13 shots on goal and six corner kicks. Daddona saved 10 of New Britain’s 12 shots on goal.

“Our defense played extremely well,” said Yanosy. “Defense doesn’t always get a ton of credit. They not only worked extremely hard in getting the shutout, but both of our defensemen had a hand in both goals, and Evan was Evan. He made a couple of key saves to keep it at 2-0 and close out the shutout.”

Southington is currently 4-2-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the CCC Central Blue. The Knights are three wins away from qualifying for the state tournament and will look to continue their winning streak this week with games against Windsor (1-6) and Hall (8-0). Hall is currently in first place in Class LL and the CCC.

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