By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington boys soccer came away with one point after a scoreless tie against NW Catholic, but it couldn’t salvage another point against Simsbury later in the week.
The Blue Knights saw their Oct. 2 home game against the Lions end with about 13 minutes left due to increasingly bad weather conditions. On Oct. 5, a Simsbury goal in the final minute in regulation doomed the home side.
The Blue Knights are 2-5-2 on the season with seven games left. Here’s what happened during the week.
Blue Knights get point in shortened contest
OCT. 2—Picking up points is key to make a run at a state tournament berth, and Southington garnered one after a scoreless tie against NW Catholic.
“It got suspended with about 13 minutes left. It ended up being the right call because it got worse and worse,” coach Dave Yanosy said. “It was the right call, we’ll take the point.”
John Griffin made four saves for the clean sheet for Southington while Jack Zapata made five saves for NW Catholic.
Knights lose in final minutes
OCT. 5—Given how well Southington played against a tough Simsbury team, the ending was a kick to the stomach for the home side.
Dylan Scialla had the ball on the left wing and put a left-footed shot on the frame. It somehow managed to sneak just under the crossbar and just inside of the right post for a 1-0 Trojan lead with 41.6 seconds to play in regulation. The Blue Knights didn’t give up after the goal, but time was their biggest enemy.
“You got 40 seconds left, we certainly didn’t quit. We made the most out of it and almost got something back,” Yanosy said.
Colin Burdette rushed in on goal as a ball went racing toward the Simsbury goalie. They collided, but the ball didn’t end up going in.
“It’s just too bad, I feel bad for the guys. They worked really hard, I thought they deserved better today with the work that they put in and the effort that they put in,” Yanosy said.
Griffin had six saves for Southington while Ian Bourdeau tallied six of his own for Simsbury.
Find a way to score
Yanosy is proud of the effort his team has been displaying. Eli Rodriguez, Tyler Salzillo, Matt Tellerico and Sam Miranda have been solid in the defensive backfield, and Griffin is right behind them to make any saves. In the center midfield, Burdette and Marek Kryzanski have been doing a good job.
What it comes down to for Southington is scoring goals. The Blue Knights have been shut out six times this season, including both ties.
“I think we’ve got to get a little hungrier on our set pieces,” Yanosy said. “We are getting a number of corner kicks, we are getting a number of free kicks, and in years’ past, that’s kind of been something where we’ve been able to cash in.”
Southington got some of those chances against Simsbury, but couldn’t score. Yanosy can’t fault the effort of his players.
“The guys are doing a good job. We’re playing really well defensively, we’re working hard, we’re really doing a nice job of staying in games and giving ourselves an opportunity to get points or get wins,” Yanosy said. “We did that [Oct. 2], unfortunately we came up short on [Oct. 5].”
Up next: Southington was scheduled to play Bristol Eastern on Monday in Bristol. The Blue Knights are back home on Friday for a 5 p.m. game against RHAM.
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