By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington field hockey showed tremendous heart in the face of adversity during their only game this past week.
The Lady Knights, down several players due to illness, traveled to Simsbury to take on the Trojans on Sept. 27. Southington fell behind 3-0 but rallied to within 3-2 before losing by that margin.
“Even though Simsbury was a loss, what we learned from that game is to never give up,” coach Erin Luddy said. “We were down very early in the game, but continued to fight and then put up goals ourselves.”
Southington picked up a goal to cut the Simsbury lead to 3-1 by halftime. In the second half, the Lady Knights pulled to within one with another goal. Southington fell to 1-4, with one of those losses coming in overtime.
“I’m very proud of the effort and the heart they have in the face of adversity. They never gave up,” Luddy said.
Emma Doran and Julia Jackman scored goals for Southington, and Kate Pryzbyliski made 11 saves. Simsbury picked up goals from Emma Montgomery, Abby Interante and Ashika Dyapa. Sarah Ackles made eight saves for the Trojans.
Illness played a factor in Southington’s numbers against Simsbury, but not the heart and hustle of its players.
“Yes, we have had illness going through the team, but no matter who may be out sick, everyone continues to do their best,” Luddy said.
Up next: Southington was scheduled for three games in the first four days of the week. The Lady Knights were scheduled to play at NW Catholic on Monday and at Hall on Tuesday. Southington was slated to host Wethersfield on Thursday in its food bank drive game.
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