By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights trailed by a goal at the end of the first half in their lone game of the week against Brien McMahon at home on Thursday, April 19, but couldn’t overcome the deficit. The Senators piled on eight of their 13 points in the second half, handing the Knights their third-straight loss, 13-6.
“We had a slow start, but we never quit,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “It was a tight first half, and then we were in our heads for the second half. If a groundball didn’t go our way, if we missed a shot, or if we turned the ball over, it then just piled up.”
Southington took 19 shots on goal. Talie Richardson paced the offense with three goals. Emma Doran contributed with a pair of scores. Taylor Borla, Molly Dobratz, and Jenna Garcia recovered four groundballs apiece. Julia Wells saved 10 of Brien McMahon’s 20 shots on goal.
“We had some really awesome transition connections shot right from the end after three passes,” said Pomposi. “We did a really good job on our re-defense and making them turn the ball over from overthrowing or bobbling it, but we couldn’t capitalize.”
The simple facets of the game like getting low on groundballs, being scrappy, and having players believe in themselves are what Pomposi said that team has to improve on going forward. She said that the team is also trying to be a little bit more mentally tough to help end their three-game skid.
“We are when it comes to practice and when we’re doing things as a team,” said Pomposi. “But we’re not in the moment when calls aren’t going our way or when we make a mistake. It’s more of a head game with us.”
The Knights will be back on the turf this week with contests against divisional Farmington (2-3), divisional Hall (5-1), and Samford (1-8). Southington is 1-3.
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