By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington boys soccer coach Dave Yanosy wants his players to focus on improvement, put in hard work, and look to be the best team they can be by the end of the season.
The Blue Knights fell to 2-3 with a pair of setbacks last week. Southington fell 3-0 to Tolland on Sept. 17 on the road, then lost 6-0 to Glastonbury on Sept. 21 at home. The Tomahawks are the defending Class LL state champions.
“We can’t get too hung up on what our record is or anything like that. We’ve got to just focus on improvement, being consistent with our work rate, being consistent with our play,” Yanosy said near the end of practice on Monday.
Here’s what happened over the previous week:
Tolland pulls away
SEPT. 17—The Eagles held a 1-0 lead at halftime, and the Blue Knights were feeling good about where they stood.
“They got one in the first half, and it was a game that I think we all felt that we were in at halftime,” Yanosy said. “They ended up getting a real quick one about three minutes into the second half that kind of changed the game, kind of changed the landscape of things.”
Tolland added a third goal and went on to win. Southington did have some chances, though they came too little, too late.
“They finished their opportunities, we didn’t, and they certainly deserve credit for the victory,” Yanosy said.
Ryan Sirois, Hunter Williams and Jack Riggott scored goals for the Eagles, who improved to 3-0-1 at the time.
John Griffin made four saves for the Blue Knights in the loss.
SEPT. 21—The Tomahawks had been having trouble finding the net in previous games, but that wasn’t the case against the Blue Knights.
“They unfortunately broke through against us,” Yanosy said.
Matt Cosentino scored two goals to lead Glastonbury. Zachary Gardner, Alec Hughes, Michael Bernardi and Elliot Hokunson added a goal each.
Griffin made eight saves in the Southington loss.
“We worked extremely hard, we really did. I told the guys that I was proud of the way that they worked,” Yanosy said. “Obviously the score line isn’t going to be indicative of that, but we didn’t quit, we didn’t give up, we played hard for the entire 80 minutes.”
Yanosy would love to see the hard work continue.
“The positive that you take out of the Glastonbury game is the work rate,” Yanosy said. “If we could bottle that up and be really consistent with that, I’m confident that in the future that that is going to translate into more positive results.”
Up next: Southington was scheduled to play at Farmington on Thursday night. The Blue Knights face New Britain on Friday at Veteran’s Stadium in New Britain at 3:45 p.m.
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