SOUTHINGTON - The Southington field hockey team has had a tough stretch of teams in their schedule.
The Blue Knights have already seen Glastonbury, Enfield and South Windsor, which are all contenders for the Class L title. All three ended in losses.
But with that stretch now over, the focus has shifted on how to correct some of those early season mistakes and focusing on what the team needs to do to come out victorious.
While many of the girls play both field hockey and lacrosse, creating a bond stronger than most teams, the communication on the field in particular could use a little help.
“The girls just need to communicate a little more,” Southington head coach Erin Luddy said. “Sometimes it’s hard transitioning from turf to grass and sometimes they let that get to the mental part of them so we just have to get out of that.”
Against South Windsor on Tuesday, a 6-0 loss, it was only 10 minutes into the first half before the Bobcats would score twice and then once more before halftime.
The plan of attack for Tuesday was to actually not attack at all, but to defend.
“Some of our games do go that way unfortunately [on defense] because of how strong our opponents can be,” Luddy said. “We prepare as much and try to take advantage the short times that we do get up there.”
It wasn’t until after the half when the Blue Knights finally started communicating on the field. There results still weren’t great - Southington allowed three more goals - but the talking on the field improved.
“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.”
“We need to talk more,” Lynch added. “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.”
“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,” Sydney Rice said.
The Blue Knights have their next game this afternoon at Wamogo with the hopes better communication will lead to a win.
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