By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls soccer welcomed sophomore Shannon Litchfield back into the full-time lineup on Sept. 27 against Farmington, and she didn’t disappoint.
Litchfield, who broke her wrist in the preseason and played for the first time in the Glastonbury loss on Sept. 21, scored both goals for the Lady Knights in a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Fontana Field.
“She’s very dynamic up top, and it was good to have her back,” coach Mike Linehan said.
Southington made quick work of Bloomfield on Sept. 28, winning 6-0 and finishing the week with a pair of victories. The Lady Knights improved to 6-1 one game shy of the midway point of the season.
Here’s how the week went:
Big win over Farmington
SEPT. 27—In the first half, the Lady Knights frustrated the Indians with their aggressive play. The constant pressure led to Litchfield’s first goal, which came off of an assist from Alli Carr at the 28:07 mark.
“In the first half I thought we played our game,” Linehan said.
After being dominated for much of the first half, Farmington came out with a vengeance in the second half and Emily Novajasky scored the equalized just over four minutes in.
The game remained tied 1-1 until Litchfield’s second goal, which came off another Carr assist. Carr played the ball forward, and Litchfield beat both the Farmington goalie and a defender to the ball and flicked it into the goal. The Lady Knights had a 2-1 lead with 12:05 to go, then held on for the victory.
“The second half, I thought Farmington came out, they pushed forward and they played three in the back,” Linehan said. “They took away our space, and we adjusted slightly. We got the game-winner, which was a nice thing to see.”
Of Litchfield’s goal, Linehan said: “She’s like that. Her runs off the ball are very good, she has great anticipation.”
Southington outshot Farmington 18-8 and Olivia Sherwood had two saves for the Lady Knights.
SEPT. 28—The Lady Knights scored three goals in each half in a win over the Warhawks at Fontana Field.
Litchfield started the scoring with a goal off of a Carr assist. After an own goal by Bloomfield, Carr made it 3-0 when she scored off of an assist from Brianna Linehan.
In the second half, Natalie Verderame put Southington ahead 4-0 with her goal off of a Jordan Beaudoin assist. Abby Sowa converted a penalty kick to make it 5-0, then Micaela Potamis scored off of a Talie Richardson assist for the game’s final goal.
Southington outshot Bloomfield 23-5. Olivia Sherwood made four saves in the shutout.
Up next: The Lady Knights were scheduled to play at NW Catholic on Tuesday. Southington is at Simsbury on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
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