GLASTONBURY - Coming in as the No. 18 seed and taking on No. 2 Glastonbury, the Southington boys soccer team was facing an uphill climb.
That was nothing new for this year’s Blue Knights team.
After starting the season 1-4-2, Southington won nine of its last 11 games showing team resiliency and willingness to overcome adversity.
In the first half against Glastonbury, once again the Blue Knights were facing a challenge, this time with their season on the line.
Three first half goals from Sebby Sanzaro, Jacob Gardner and Matt Cosentino led the Tomahawks to a 3-0 start as both teams entered the halftime intermission.
This time, Southington couldn’t come back against the strong Glastonbury team in the 3-0 season-ending loss Wednesday afternoon.
“Glastonbury obviously is a really good team and they gave us all we could handle,” Southington head coach Dave Yanosy said. “They deserved to win.”
Southington keeper Evan Doddana made six saves on nine shots.
Glastonbury keeper Bennett Cole made five saves on the five shots he faced.
While the loss ends the season for Southington, the turnaround from the group after the slow start is a testament to their work ethic.
“It was a tale of two seasons, Yanosy said. “ But I’m very proud of the seniors and how they turned it around after the beginning of the year.”
Bethel 2, Berlin 1: In a matchup between the No. 8 seeded Wildcats and No. 9 Redcoats, the game was close and took a pair of overtime periods to determine a winner.
After a scoreless first half, Bethel took the lead with 29 minutes to go in the game.
With 51.5 seconds remaining Berlin tied it up to force overtime.
Anthony Falstoe had the go ahead goal with six minutes left in the second overtime, which proved to be the difference.
The Redcoats finish with a 13-4-1 record this season.
Haddam-Killingworth 2, Plainville 0: The No. 23 Blue Devils went down 1-0 as the final seconds of the first half ticked down.
A second goal scored by No. 7 H-K in the second half extended the lead to two goals and Plainville couldn’t find any offense leading to the loss.
The Blue Devils finish their season with an 8-7-3 record.
Putnam 3, Innovation 1: After winning the first round matchup against SMSA, the No. 11 Ravens took on No. 6 seeded Putnam and the challenge proved to be too much.
Innovation finishes its season with a 10-7-1 record.
No. 12 Holy Cross 3, No. 5 Goodwin Tech 1: With the first set win and the higher seed, everything was set up for the Gladiators to advance to the next round.
However, the Crusaders took the next three sets leading to the 22-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-12 win for Holy Cross, ending the Gladiators season.
“We came out playing really well the first two sets and won the first set,” Goodwin Tech coach Paul Soucy said. “We had a game plan that was working. Holy Cross’ Meah Austin adjusted her attacks and we did not have an answer despite making good adjustments to counter.”
Austin led the way for the Crusaders with 19 kills and one block. Nicole Strrielkauskas had 15 kills and two blocks while Maia Regan finished with 41 assists.
For the Gladiators senior Tanija Russell finished with four kills and nine service points in her final match while teammate Tiana Rodriguez had 19 kills and one block.
“Our girls gave a great effort this match and the entire season,” Soucy said. “We are sad to see our seniors Tanija Russell, Leina Rivera, Maria Dotel, Teresa Lopez and Janeris Martinez graduate.”
The Gladiators finished their year 18-6.
No. 4 Innovation 3, Whitney Tech 0: The Ravens started out strong and didn’t look back advancing to the quarterfinals with a straight set win over the Owls 25-17, 25-5, 25-20.
The win was the first ever state tournament win for Innovation.
Bailee Nardi (11 kills), Imani Rosado (20 assists) and Morgan Sartor (8 digs) led the way for the Ravens.
“As a team we served well and had good ball control,” Ravens coach Matt Lance said. “Overall it was a really good team win.”
Innovation will play in the quarterfinals Friday night at 6 p.m. against Holy Cross.
Terryville 3, Amistad 0: The No. 9 seeded Kangaroos came out of their bye strong with a straight set win over Amistad.
Terryville controlled throughout with set scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-14.
With the win the Kangaroos will travel to face No. 1 seeded Coventry Friday at 5 p.m.