SOUTHINGTON - The story for the Southington boys soccer team this season has been a consistent one as of late - be competitive in each match only to come up just short of a win.
After a 2-3 start to the season, which included a 3-0 defeat to Tolland and 6-0 loss to defending Class LL champion Glastonbury, the Blue Knights’ last five matches have all been decided by a goal or less.
Southington has two ties during that stretch, one against Farmington (7-2-1) and the other against Northwest Catholic (1-6-2). The other three games have been one-goal losses coming against New Britain (3-6-1), Simsbury (5-2-1) and Bristol Eastern (7-2-1). The 2-1 loss to the Lancers came on Tuesday.
“We have some ability,” Blue Knights head coach Dave Yanosy said. “We’ve had some tough luck games though. We lost to Simsbury the other day with 41 seconds left so we’ve had a little bit of a tough luck in terms of the results we’ve had. So for us, I think it’s kind of a confidence thing.”
While the results may not drive confidence, there’s reason for Southington to look at the rest of the season with a positive outlook. Despite their 2-6-2 record and ranked near the bottom of the Class LL standings, the Blue Knights’ results have come against strong opposing sides.
Southington’s opponents this season are a combined 81-55-15 and the three games the Blue Knights have lost by more than one goal are against Hall (9-1-0), Tolland (6-2-2) and Glastonbury (7-2-0).
Moving forward, should Southington qualify for postseason play, its strength of schedule and playing in close games over the course of the regular season can only help.
“I think [our strength of schedule] would be huge [for the state tournament],” Yanosy said. “We’ve been in pretty much every game outside of a couple. We had a tie against Farmington, which is obviously a really big point for us, so we’ve proven that even against some of the best that we can be in the ballgame and stay in the game so if we were to get this thing moving in the right direction and sneak into the tournament I think we’d be a tough out.”
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