Field hockey puts the breaks on 5 game losing streak

field-hockey-shsBy BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

After experiencing one of the toughest stretches of the regular season, the Lady Knight field hockey team ended their five-game losing streak by splitting the week with a win and a loss.

Through all of the tribulation, Southington coach Erin Luddy said that her team still has a lot of confidence going forward and is not down and out on what’s left of the season.

“There are still a lot of games left, and there are plenty of opportunities to turn it around,” the coach said. “There’s no talk of season loss and let’s just have fun. Instead, let’s win out the rest of our games. We’re looking forward to how many games we can win down the stretch.”

Loss vs. Enfield

SEPT. 27—The Knights began the week on Tuesday and suffered their fourth shutout of the season, 5-0, when they hosted Enfield.

The Eagles scored four goals in the first half, but the Knights held them to just one goal in the second half off of a penalty stroke. Southington finished with three shots on goal and one penalty corner. Delorme saved 10 of Enfield’s 15 shots on goal.

“For a little while there, we lost our groove,” said Luddy. “But in the second half, we definitely started to get it back, and that translated to the win on Friday.”

Win at Wethersfield

SEPT. 30—Southington broke its five-game skid with a 1-0 victory at Wethersfield on Friday.

“The girls always play their hardest, but I think at times, we play defense on one side and offense on another side,” said Luddy. “But on Friday, we started playing together as a team.”

Isabella DiBattista scored the lone goal of the game off of a rebound on a scramble in front of the cage midway through the first half. Southington took five shots on goal and four penalty corners. Amanda Delorme saved all 12 of Wethersfield’s shots on goal.

“We didn’t look at offense and defense,” the coach said. “Instead we looked at who to pass to and who to share the ball with. We moved the ball down the field much better, and it translated to shots on goal.”

Southington is currently 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCC North. The Knights need five more wins to qualify for the postseason and will look to inch closer with games against Conard (4-1-1) and Simsbury (4-2).

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