SOUTHINGTON - The Southington field hockey team knew they had tough competition on their schedule, but they didn’t expect them this early in the season.
The Blue Knights were shut out Tuesday afternoon by South Windsor 6-0.
Southington head coach Erin Luddy said today’s main objective was defense.
“We knew today was going to be tough because South Windsor is always a strong, strong program,” Luddy said. “We were definitely on an uphill battle, we had probably our hardest stretch.”
Southington has already seen Glastonbury, Enfield and South Windsor, “All three of those teams are all vine for the state championship,” Luddy said.
The Bobcats were already up by two just ten minutes into the half. Morgan Saylor found the back of the back of the goal first with an assist from Corey Callahan. Kellie Ward also had a goal, unassisted with 19:47 left on the clock.
South Windsor’s Alissa Martin shot the final goal of the first half, leaving the Bobcats 3-0.
The Blue Knights only had a few shots on goal, but that was the plan for yesterday.
“Some of our games do go that ways unfortunately [defense],” Luddy said, “because of how strong our opponents can be. We prepare as much and try to take advantage the short times that we do get up there.”
After the half, Southington came out ready to finish strong.
“We let a couple goals in but we kept pushing, sophomore Brooke Lynch said. “Even though it was hot, i think we worked well as a team. In the second half we came back fighting and we kept them down as much as we could.”
The Blue Knights let in two more goals before time could expire.
Both Saylor and Martin scored again, alongside Katelyn Hunter for the Bobcats final score.
Southington needs to work on communication while on the field. “More talking,” Lynch said. “And just making sure we’re spacing right. So when we get it down to attack, we just have to make sure they can get it in the goal.”
Sydney Rice added, “we picked up on the communication at the end of the game so i just think we need to work on communicating a lot more.”
The Blue Knights are only a little less than half way through their season, with a long way to go, one thing that is working well for them is their team chemistry. Southington has a a few girls that play both field hockey and lacrosse, giving them a little more team bonding than others.
“I think we mesh well together and we all get along,” Lynch and Rice said.