By BRIAN JENNINGS
The boy’s soccer team (6-0-1) continued their successful start to the season with wins over three wins over the week, qualifying them for the Class LL state tournament in the fewest number of games possible.
The Blue Knights’ 1-0 victory at Hall on Friday, Oct. 2 put them into the postseason, and Southington coach Dave Yanosy said that they have to just keep doing what they have been doing all along.
“We have to play the full 80 minutes,” said Yanosy. “We have to battle game in and game out. It’s not going to be an easy second half schedule by any stretch of the imagination. We have teams a second time around, like Glastonbury, Hall, and Simsbury, with Avon mixed in there as well.”
Ryan Burrill scored the lone goal of the game with 6:19 remaining in the first period. The Knights took 14 shots on goal and Evan Daddona saved two of Hall’s eight shots on goal. The Knights had eight corner kicks and Hall had three.
Earlier in the week, the Knights shut out Weaver (0-8), 5-0, on Wednesday.
Erik Kryzanski scored the first goal early in the first period. Bryan Doyle scored the second goal about six minutes later on an assist by Dan Topper. Mark (assisted by Mike DeFeo) and John Testa added a goal each midway through the period, and Collin Burbank added the final touch with a goal at 11 seconds left in the game.
The Knights took 33 shots on goal (22 in the first, 11 in the second) and Daddona saved both of Weaver’s two shots on goal. The Knights had four corner kicks in the game and Weaver had one.
On Monday, the Knights began the week by just edging NW Catholic (1-6-1) in a 3-2 triumph.
NW Catholic hit the back of the net first with a goal about 10 minutes into the game, but Southington answered with a goal from Burrill that was assisted by Nick Falco, just inside the left corner of the penalty box, a couple minutes later to tie the score at 1-1.
NW Catholic responded with a goal 43 seconds later to go up 2-1, but again, the Knights showed resiliency on the road and the reason why they are one of the top competitors in the CCC.
Doyle set up Peter Mulholland with prime real estate as Mulholland found his way through NW Catholic’s defense, chipping in a goal from just outside of the goalie box with 24:24 to go in the half, tying the game at 2-2. Burrill finished the game off with his second goal off of a boot that came on a free kick, 43 seconds before the end of the first half to add insurance and seal the win for the Knights.
The Knights took 14 shots on goal and Daddona saved three of NW Catholic’s five shots on goal. The Knights had 11 corner kicks and NW Catholic had two.
The Knights will look to fight for better seeding in the tournament when they host Glastonbury (7-0) on Monday, Oct. 5.
“It’s not going to be easy, but the good thing for us, since we are in, is we won’t have a monkey on our back down the stretch,” said Yanosy. “We can continue to work on improving game by game. We can make some adjustments to make sure that we’re in our best possible position down the stretch.”