BRISTOL – For the first time in three years, the Southington boys soccer team has itself a winning streak.
After shutting out Lewis Mills 3-0 on Tuesday, the Blue Knights invaded Bristol Central on Saturday afternoon and silenced the Rams with a 2-0 victory, the team’s second in a row. It’s the first time Southington has strung together consecutive victories since closing out the 2017 season on a six-game winning streak.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first half, but Liam Schroeder ended the shutout with 21 minutes left to play, picking up a rebound off a long-distance shot from Matt Morgan and knocking it past Central goalkeeper Umar Malick to give the Blue Knights a 1-0 lead.
Southington put the game away 10 minutes later when senior defender Cooper Burdetter fielded a corner kick from Schroeder and headed it toward the net, and the loose ball was knocked home by senior Cole Marek for a crucial insurance goal.
Ryan Lunn finished the day with five saves in net for the Blue Knights, though his shutout was put to the test in the first half, when an open shot from Central hit the post, and the rebound opportunity sailed wide of the net. Later in the match, another wide-open chance missed high above the crossbar from just six yards out on a corner kick try.
Malick made four saves for the Rams, who have now lost three in a row after beginning the season with two straight wins.
Southington’s winning streak will be put to the test on Tuesday against Bristol Eastern, while Central will look to get back on track against Plainville on Monday. Both games are scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.