Posts Tagged ‘ soccer ’

Knights keep fighting

September 22, 2016
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Joseph Colaccino wins a 50/50 ball in front of Bloomfield’s net.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington Blue Knight soccer team earned its first win of the season after splitting this past week with a win and a loss. Following a hard-fought season opener against Conard that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Knights suffered an overtime loss on the road, but displayed resiliency when…

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Third game’s the charm

September 22, 2016
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Rylee Van Epps leads a rush past midfield during a loss to Simsbury.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The third time was the charm for the Lady Knights as the girls soccer team earned its first win of the season in Bloomfield. Southington lost hard-fought games to Conard and Simsbury to open the season, but Southington coach Mike Linehan said that the team is progressing as a team…

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Boys soccer just misses 2 game-winners

September 15, 2016
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Southington goalie Evan Daddona makes one of his six saves to secure a tie against Conard in the season opener.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The score was tied, 1-1, late in the second half when Joseph Colaccino received a pass just outside of the box and fired a high arching shot in desperation. The ball clanged downward after hitting the bottom of the crossbar and deflected off of a diving goalkeeper’s hand. It was…

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Boys soccer is poised to make another run

September 7, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Play quickly shifted from one end of the turf field to the other. Players slide tackled fiercely and hustled to the corners to cross the ball before it rolled out of bounds. It was as if the Blue Knights’ soccer team was playing in a regular season game, and Southington…

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Lady Knights are hungry for postseason action

September 7, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The orange cones were laid out in a circle across the turf field as the Lady Knight soccer team ran in interchanging form around them. “After you pass the ball, you must go around the cone,” said Southington coach Mike Linehan. When the team completed their first drill, they quickly…

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Hall of Fame: The unstoppable force-Lisa Matukaitis was a blue collar, blue chipper

August 19, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR School officials must have been shocked by the crowds at the Kennedy boys soccer game in the fall of ‘82. Even the athletes paused their pre-game rituals as the St. Thomas boys wandered onto their field. Everybody—the fans, the players, and the coaches—scanned the sidelines for the Kennedy girl that dared…

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‘Putting’ it all in perspective: Ryan Burrill is the 2016 Observer Male Athlete of the Year

June 16, 2016
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2016 Observer Male Athlete of the Year

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knight soccer team got off to a pretty good start during the 2015 fall season in West Hartford where it’s always a tough road game on NW Catholic’s postage stamp field. The Knights already had a target on their back after tying Farmington and beating Simsbury. NWC took an…

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The ‘Angel’ of the Lady Knights: Erin Angelillo is the 2016 Observer Female Athlete of the Year

June 16, 2016
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Erin Angelillo,
2016 Observer Female Athlete of the Year

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Erin Angelillo never flinched when she saw the soccer ball floating toward midfield. Top-ranked Glastonbury sent shivers down most opponents’ backs, but Angelillo isn’t most opponents. She sprinted toward the ball, launched herself in the air, and the echo from the collision reverberated across the field. Angelillo was laying on the…

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Strikers win the President’s Cup

February 3, 2016
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The Southington Strikers 12-U girls soccer team was honored during the Jan. 25 Town Council meeting. The Southington Soccer Club team went undefeated during the fall to earn their second consecutive division championship before claiming the state title to earn the club’s first visit to the US Youth Soccer Regional President’s Cup. The team scored five wins over two days, culminating in a 3-0 win over Virginia to win the President’s Cup. The team received proclamations from the town and the state for going 56-10 over the past two years. (Photo by BRIAN JENNINGS)

Blue Knight duo competes at 2015 Senior Bowl

December 4, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple of Blue Knights represented Southington at the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Senior Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Middletown High School. Senior captain and defenseman Ryan Burrill and senior forward Bryan Doyle played for the Region II team. “To have Ryan and Bryan selected to play in the Senior…

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