Boys Soccer: A tie can be as good as a win

Elijah Rodriguez scores a header goal in New Britain last Friday. (Photo by Kelly May Del Debbio)



Southington boys soccer did something that most teams don’t do against Farmington at Tunxis Mead Park. The Indians are used to dominating opponents at home, but the Knights matched them step for step.

Southington salvaged a scoreless tie and claimed another postseason point in their Sept. 27 match against the Indians. It was a big performance from Southington that had its coaches and players feeling good. Unfortunately, the Blue Knights couldn’t maintain their momentum the next day and lost 3-2 to New Britain on Sept. 28 at Veterans Stadium.

Southington is 2-4-1 at one game shy of the midway point in the season. Here’s what happened last week:

A point earned in Farmington

SEPT. 27—It took every bit of effort for Southington to emerge from its game against Farmington with a point. The Blue Knights went for a different approach following a 6-0 loss to Glastonbury on Sept. 21.

“We had a little bit more of a defensive mindset, almost like a half-court man-to-man if you will from a basketball terminology, tried to take some things away, tried to get them to play a little bit longer than they wanted to, and we executed it beautifully,” coach Dave Yanosy said. “We played a really good defensive game.”

Yanosy said John Griffin was “phenomenal” in goal for Southington. The final line of the Blue Knight defense made 15 saves, including a big one in a one-on-one situation about midway through the second half.

“We picked our spots in terms of when we tried to get forward. We weren’t able to get a goal, but were able to get out of Farmington with a point,” said the coach, “which is no small feat given the team that they have year in and year out.”

Yanosy said that he was proud of the way Southington executed the game plan and held together, especially down the stretch and into overtime.

Tough loss at New Britain

SEPT. 28—The next day brought disappointment with a loss to the Golden Hurricanes.

“They played well, they played hard, and the opportunities they had, they buried,” Yanosy said of New Britain.

Elijah Rodriguez scores a header goal in New Britain last Friday. (Photo by Kelly May Del Debbio)

New Britain got the first goal of the game on a penalty kick, but Eli Rodriguez scored on a header to make the score 1-1, which is where it remained into halftime. The Golden Hurricanes built a 3-1 lead, then Colin Burdette scored with nine minutes remaining to get the Blue Knights to within 3-2. The final goal didn’t come for Southington.

“We had a handful of opportunities in the last few minutes, but it just didn’t happen,” Yanosy said.

Yanosy was certainly disappointed with the result, but he wasn’t disappointed with the effort.

Up next: Southington was scheduled to host Northwest Catholic on Tuesday. The Blue Knights stay home on Friday when they play Simsbury at 3:45 p.m.

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