Lady Knights start solid with new/old coach
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Wed., Sep. 26, 2012
After a thrilling 3-2 win in overtime vs. Windsor Locks, on Sept. 25, John Hostetler said the Ellington High School girls’ varsity soccer team showed a lot of character, rallying from behind for most of the game. The Lady Knights scored with about 30 seconds left in the game to stay alive and then went ahead in the overtime and held on to improve to a record of 2-0-2.
“That felt great,” Hostetler said. “The thing you have to love is that they came back when they could have quit. There are things we can still fix, but we did a lot of good things as well.”
Hostetler is in his first year back as head coach, after coaching the team from 1986 to 2001, and said this year’s team has been a “great group of kids who has been playing well together.”
The team lost four talented starters to graduation, but still has a lot of strong players in all lines, including co-captains senior Gigi Rubino and junior Rachel Ziter up front, junior Olivia Kosilla and sophomore Emily Costanzo in the back and senior Kiara Stone minding the net.
“We’ve been solid defensively – not giving up a lot of shots on goal,” Hostetler said. “We’re a pretty solid team, and that’s going to have to continue.”
To make it through a tough NCCC and into postseason tournaments, the coach said emphasis in practice will be on set plays. “We need to be more efficient on our corner kicks,” he said, careful to take the responsibility himself. “I don’t think we’ve done a good job on that. But, if they are not executing, it’s the coach’s job to make sure they do.”
The team also needs to maintain its already-good chemistry, which is not always easy. “The chemistry is pretty good, but that can turn,” Hostetler said. “That’s not something that’s always constant. Something can happen to ruin chemistry. We just have to try to keep getting better. Once we become satisfied, we’ll be lost. We just have to take care of what we do, and we’ll be fine.”
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