By John Goralski
The Blue Knight soccer team forced overtime in New Britain with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Southington capped a second half comeback on Friday with a game-winning score in the first overtime at Windsor.
After dropping five straight contests to start the season, the Blue Knights have battled back into the postseason race. With a three wins last week, Southington has surged to 3-5-1.
Tie at New Britain
The Hurricaines dominated the first half, but Southington escaped with the score knotted, 1-1. New Britain took the early lead after the break, but the Knights battled back.
With 29 seconds remaining in the game, officials whistled a penalty in the box. For the second time in two weeks, Ryan Burrill converted the kick.
The Hurricaines out-shot the Knights, 13-6, but Brian Topper rallied for 11 saves and two scoreless overtime periods to get the 2-2 tie. Eric Schneider scored Southington’s first-half goal. Burrill forced the extra period, and the Knights came away with a 2-2 tie on the road.
Win at Windsor
On Friday, the Knights were at it again, and once again they trailed as time was winding down.
Windsor took a 1-0 lead into the half and a 2-1 lead late into the second half, but Francesco Ricigliano scored the game-winner with 2:16 left in the overtime period.
Burrill opened the scoring early in the second half. Ian Powell forced overtime with time running down in the game. Topper made six assists to earn his third win in four attempts, and the Knights escaped with a 3-2 win.
Southington will try to carry the momentum into this week with conference games against Conard (5-3-1), NW Catholic (3-5-2), and Farmington (8-1-1).