No room for error: Knights need a late run

Julia Jackman leads a Southington offensive rush during a 2-0 loss at Hall. The Knights need to turn things around quickly if they are going to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Julia Jackman leads a Southington offensive rush during a 2-0 loss at Hall. The Knights need to turn things around quickly if they are going to keep their postseason hopes alive.

By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

The Lady field hockey team dropped two more games this past week, suffering their fourth-straight loss, but they aren’t done just yet. Southington has to win out their five remaining regular season games, or finish with four wins and a tie or overtime loss, to have any shot at qualifying for the Class L tournament.

But Southington coach Erin Luddy said that the team has to make improvements with their ability to finish if they expect to make a run at the postseason.

“We’ve gotten more opportunities down at the other end, but it seems like we hit the circle, and no one wants to take that shot,” the coach said. “We just can’t finish.”

Besides attacking the cage, Luddy said that the team has to close the gaps in their offense as well.

“The midfielders have to play so much defense that they get tired,” said Luddy. “It gets very hard for them when we have breakaways for them to go with the offense. When they can’t go, there’s this huge gap of 25 or 30 yards. If one of the forwards happens to lose the ball, there is no one to back them up. They’re coming straight back into defense.”

Even if the Knights don’t make the tournament though, Luddy said that the team still wants to go out with wins.

“We’re not just going to stop playing if that goal isn’t made,” the coach said. “We just have to keep playing our hardest.”

Loss vs. Canton

OCT. 11—Southington began the week by hosting non-conference opponent Canton and tied its largest loss of the season, 7-1, in the first meeting between the two programs.

The Warriors split both halves with three goals in each. Alexa Zborowski scored the lone goal of the game for the Knights midway through the first half on an assist by Nicole Martocchio. Southington took five shots on goal. Amanda Delorme saved 10 of Canton’s 17 shots on goal.

Loss at Hall

OCT. 14—The Knights hit the road for West Hartford a few days later and were blanked at Hall, 2-0. The Warriors scored both of their goals midway through the first half.

“It was 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game, and then they didn’t score at all,” said Luddy. “We held our own on defense and had a few looks on offense, but just couldn’t convert. It could have easily been 2-1 or 2-2, and it would have changed the outcome of the game. It’s not like we were playing defense the entire game.”

Hall held Southington to just two shots on goal and one penalty corner. Delorme saved 17 of Hall’s 19 shots on goal.

Southington is currently 2-9 overall and 2-2 in the CCC North. The Knights will look to kickstart their final run toward the state tournament this week with games against Farmington (6-5) and East Catholic (4-7).

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

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