Third time’s the charm: Field hockey battles to first win of the season

Jillian Rohon steals the ball from a Glastonbury player during a loss on Monday, Sept. 17.

By KEVIN ROBERTS

STAFF WRITER

After a tough overtime loss to Watertown in its season opener, Southington field hockey played three games this past week and came away with its first win of the season.

The Lady Knights lost 6-1 to Glastonbury at Fontana Field on Sept. 17, but rebounded for an 8-0 victory over an overmatched East Catholic team on Sept. 19, also at home.

“They did very well today,” said coach Erin Luddy after the East Catholic game. “With Glastonbury on [Sept. 17], that could be very trying, because they’re a very, very good team, and unfortunately, we didn’t capitalize on all of our opportunities. That can be a little detrimental to you, but to come back out again strong and play like we did [on Sept. 19] was good.”

Southington closed the week with a Sept. 21 home game against Enfield. The Lady Knights lost 5-2 and dropped to 1-3 on the season, with one of the losses coming in overtime.

Here’s how the week played out:

Glastonbury too tough

SEPT. 17—The Tomahawks are a really good team, and they showed it against the Lady Knights on a muggy and sometimes rainy late afternoon.

“We played well, and we had our scoring opportunities,” Luddy said. “We just didn’t capitalize on them.”

Glastonbury did capitalize on a bunch of its chances and put the game away, leading 3-0 at the half. Sophomore Jill Rohon connected in the second half for the lone Southington goal. Abby Delgado made eight saves and Kate Przybylski added two saves for the Lady Knights.

Christina Guanci had two goals to lead the Tomahawks. Hana Lataille, Kylie Dalton, Mary Norman and Julia Anderson each had one goal, and Bryn Protheroe made seven saves.

Fast start leads to win

SEPT. 19—The Eagles didn’t know what hit them as the Lady Knights scored just 52 seconds into the game.

“It’s nice when you start the game off with a goal. It gives you a little confidence going into the rest of the game,” Luddy said.

Southington kept scoring as six different players tallied a goal in the game. Julia Jackman and Autumn Swain each scored two goals while Alina Calderone, Jenna Sheehan, Emma Doran and Jill Rohon all scored one goal apiece. The Lady Knights led 5-0 at halftime and recorded 13 penalty corners to just one for the Eagles. Delgado made four saves in goal for the shutout.

Taken down by Enfield

SEPT. 21—The Lady Knights faced a tough road test against the Eagles, and the home side came away with the win.

Sheehan and Nikki Greco scored for Southington in the loss. Delgado made 11 saves for the Lady Knights.

Kaitlyn Bourque scored three goals for the Eagles, who also had a 6-4 penalty corner advantage. Shannon Cato and Jamie Galovich each had one goal for Enfield, which also got five saves from Kelly Mazza.

Up next: Southington will take to the road to face  Simsbury on Thursday.

To comment on this story or to contact staff writer Kevin Roberts, email him at KRoberts@SouthingtonObserver.com.

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