Field Hockey is still fighting down the stretch

Bianca D'Amore leads an offensive rush during a 3-1 victory over East Catholic.

Bianca D’Amore leads an offensive rush during a 3-1 victory over East Catholic.

By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knight field hockey team was eliminated from postseason contention last week after splitting last week with a win and a loss. However, the Knights ended their scoring drought with a season high of goals, as well as breaking a five-game losing streak.

The Knights haven’t been back to the Class L tournament since 2014, but Southington coach Erin Luddy said that the season is not a total loss, explaining that team is going to continue to play hard and try to win every game that is left.

“The push now is to finish the season at the best of our ability,” said Southington coach Erin Luddy. “Luckily, the girls have been working at it and are finally seeing the opportunities, and taking advantage of those opportunities.”

Although Southington struggled with scoring throughout most of the season, fighting in the circle is the offensive prowess that Luddy said she believes will be carried by her returning players into next season.

“It’s a tough position where you have to constantly be moving to take advantage of any little shot you have,” said Luddy. “We’ll continue to go forward with that though.”

A strong interest from Southington’s youth in the sport also has Luddy excited for next season as well.

“Luckily this year, I had 30 freshmen show up for the freshman team,” the coach said. “Hopefully, they’ll continue to like the sport, and we’ll get stronger and stronger.”

Loss at Farmington

OCT. 18—Southington’s road to the state tournament was halted when the Knights fell short at Farmington a few days earlier, 1-0. The Indians scored the lone goal of the game midway through the first half.

Southington took five shots on goal and two penalty corners. Delorme saved nine of Farmington’s 10 shots on goal.

Southington is currently 3-10 overall and 3-2 in the CCC North Region. The Knights are scheduled to play NW Catholic (2-7-3) and EO Smith (4-8-1) this week.

Win vs. East Catholic

OCT. 21—The Knights put their five-game skid to rest by reaching a season high of goals scored in a single game this season with a 3-1 victory over East Catholic on Friday.

“They’re a very competitive team,” said Luddy. “Every year, you expect a game. It definitely could have gone either way, but it was a matter of who was going to score and when the ball got in the circle.”

Isabella DiBattista powered the Knight offense with a pair of goals. Nicole Martoccio added a score in the second half as well. The Eagles scored their only goal just inside of 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

“What we actually did much better this game than any is using the entire field,” the coach said. “A lot of times we do too much in the middle of the field. The reason why we were getting the ball down so much was because we were using the outsides. Midfielders were starting to fill up a little bit more.”

Southington took 16 shots on goal and six penalty corners. Amanda Delorme saved seven of East Catholic’s 10 shots on goal.

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