Field hockey wins twice; flirting with .500

Alina Calderone, left, chases down a loose ball during a 1-0 victory over Wethersfield on Oct. 4.

By KEVIN ROBERTS

STAFF WRITER

It was a good week for Southington field hockey, as the team picked up a pair of wins. Now, at 3-4, the Knights are inching back to.500 for the season.

The Lady Knights bested NW Catholic 2-1 on Oct. 1 on the road, then edged Wethersfield 1-0 on Oct. 4 at home.

Here’s how the week went:

Lady Knights hang on against Lions

OCT. 1—Southington took a 2-0 lead into halftime and made it hold up against NW Catholic at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

“It was a tale of two halves,” coach Erin Luddy said. “We dominated the first half, but they dominated the second half…Luckily we were able to hang on and keep the ball out of the goal.”

Julia Jackman and Alina Calderone scored for Southington, and Kate Pryzbyliski made 10 saves.

Another close win

OCT. 4—Southington played strong defense throughout, and Jenna Sheehan picked up the lone goal of game in the second half of a win over Wethersfield at Fontana Field.

“We knew it was going to be a close game, that it was going to go back and forth,” Luddy said. “It was a matter of who was persistent in the circle when they got their chances, and luckily we were.”

Sheehan got her chance on a ball in the middle of the field and hit a shot toward goal before being knocked down by a Wethersfield defender. The ball somehow found its way through an otherwise stingy Eagle defense and into the goal, giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 lead with 11:17 to play in the game.

The play of the Southington midfielders kept the ball in or close to Wethersfield’s side of the field for a majority of the game. When Lady Knight defenders got the ball, they controlled it and quickly sent it away.

“They had an opportunity to slow down, keep their breath, and stay persistent on the ball,” Luddy said. “It’s a good thing we were strong in the circle, Jenna made a shot on goal and happened to go in. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”

Luddy got great efforts from all over the field, including but certainly not limited to Jill Rodon, Amy Chudy, Victoria Godlewski, Kait DeLorenzo and Vanessa Heigel. Kate Pryzbyliski made three saves in the shutout.

Southington improved to 3-4 overall, with one of those four losses coming in overtime. Luddy has seen some good improvements from the Lady Knights.

“I think our communication is getting much better and they’re seeing each other,” Luddy said. “Our passing is becoming more precise to that open girl so we have that ball movement going a lot better than we did earlier this season.”

Up next: Southington is scheduled to play Conard on Tuesday at home. The Lady Knights go to Middletown on Friday for a game against Mercy at 3:45 p.m.

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

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