By BRIAN JENNINGS
Southington (1-0) hung around with Windsor for most of the game on Friday afternoon, September 11, but just came up short in the end, as the Lady Knights lost their season opener at home to Windsor (1-0), 2-1.
Although it was a lost, Southington coach Erin Luddy still thought her girls played well.
“Going in, we knew that a lot of them [Southington] never had varsity experience,” said Luddy. “It was definitely a thing of first-game nerves in the first half. Unfortunately, they scored quickly on us and had us on our heels, but we bounced back. We kept moving and there a lot of positive things to work off of for the upcoming season.”
Windsor took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first half, just under five minutes into the game.
“They’re [Windsor] an up-and-coming team,” said Luddy. “She’s [Pam Hammersmith] had a lot of freshmen starters that are now seniors. So, she has a veteran team, which is nice to have. They’ve been playing a lot together, and you can see that in the movement of the ball. They knew where each other were.”
Windsor added another goal to their total around the same time in the second half, but the Knights responded with a goal from co-captain Kelsey Snodgrass, assisted by Hallie Altwies, with 17:52 to go in the game.
Amanda Delorme saved 11 of Windsor’s 13 shots on goal for the Knights. Windsor’s Jess Dillon saved three of the Knights’ four shots on goal. The Knights had four penalty corners and Windsor had seven.
“I graduated four starting midfielders, so that’s a learning experience for them,” said Luddy. “It’s something that they’re going to grow into. We have 15 more games. As our spacing and transitioning gets better, so will we.”
It doesn’t get any easier with games at Glastonbury (1-0) and Newington (0-1) this week.
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