By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls soccer kept rolling with two more victories during the previous week.
The Lady Knights shut out Platt 7-0 at home on Oct. 9, then won by the same score in a game at East Hartford on Oct. 12. Southington improved to 10-1 on the season and found itself ranked in the Top 10 in one poll.
The Lady Knight opponents were overmatched, but the focus for Southington was on nailing down the final details for the stretch drive.
“We’re going to work on some things and get ready for the final third of the season,” coach Mike Linehan said after the Platt win.
A major aspect of this past week for Southington was concentrating on health and team depth. The Lady Knights did yoga together on Oct. 10, which was a nice change.
“I think that’s what the girls need right now. They got a lot of bumps and bruises, so it’s just a matter of staying healthy and taking it one game at a time,” Linehan said.
Here’s what happened in the two games:
Knights hammer Platt
OCT. 9—Southington made Platt run all over the field with its ball possession, then capitalized when the defense was out of position and tired.
“If you can stay with us in the first half, great, but we’re just going to get better, and our possession is what really wears down teams,” Linehan said.
Shannon Litchfield, Alli Carr and Natalie Verderame each scored two goals while Marisa Imme added the final goal. Maya Wroblewski had two assists while Carr, Morgan Hubert, Abby Sowa and Micaela Potamis all added one assist each. Southington was ahead 3-0 at the half and never looked back. The Lady Knights outshot the Panthers 27-5 and had three corner kicks as opposed to none for the visitors. Olivia Sherwood and Emily Eigo combined for the clean sheet in goal for Southington.
No sting from Hornets
OCT. 12—The Lady Knights again scored three times in the first half and four times in the second half during their road win in East Hartford.
“We are looking at each game, one at a time and are not looking ahead or watching what other teams are doing,” Linehan said. “We went into the game like we have done all season – we are staying focused and continue to work on the areas of our game that need to improve.”
Carr and Litchfield each had two goals while Hubert, Verderame and Savannah Krom all had one goal. Panarella tallied two assists while Verderame, Carr, Sowa and Gabriella Mondo each had one assist. Olivia Sherwood didn’t have to make a save for Southington, which outshot East Hartford 20-0.
Linehan said that the coaching staff has been pleased to see the total team effort over the past few games. “A few years ago, making the tournament was a challenge and honor,” said the coach. “Today, making the tournament is still a challenge and honor, but we want more and are working towards a higher goal.”
A new responsibility
The Class LL-L girls high school coaches poll came out on Oct. 8, and Southington (10-1) was ranked in the Top 10.
The Lady Knights were tied for seventh with Mercy, with each team receiving 11 points. Ridgefield is the No. 1 team in LL-L, followed by Staples at No. 2, St. Joseph at No. 3, Glastonbury at No. 4 and Suffield at No. 5.
“I’m proud of where they are right now, but they recognize that there’s a responsibility of being in the position they’re in right now,” Linehan said of the ranking.
Up next: Southington hosted Avon on Monday night at Fontana Field. The Lady Knights go to Hartford Public on Friday for a 3:45 p.m. game.
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