Lady Knights start tourney strong

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Mon., Nov. 12, 2012
Ellington's Olivia Kosilla blasts a ball past Wolcott defender Taylor DiBona-Piacentini in the Lady Knights' 4-0 win in the first-round CIAC tournament game on Nov 9. Photos by Steve Smith.
Ellington's Olivia Kosilla blasts a ball past Wolcott defender Taylor DiBona-Piacentini in the Lady Knights' 4-0 win in the first-round CIAC tournament game on Nov 9. Photos by Steve Smith.

Ellington's Lady Knights are off to a good start in the CIAC class M tournament, after a first-round 4-0 victory against Wolcott wherein all four goals came from corner kicks, including one that junior Olivia Kosilla placed all by herself. Coach John Hostetler said although his No. 12-seeded team hadn't put any extra emphasis on corners in practice, it's something he may consider fine tuning as the team moves forward.

“We scored on four today,” Hostetler said, after the game. “It was a strength today. We've had a little success with that this season. The majority of goals are scored from set pieces, so you'd better be good at them, especially when goals are tough to get in the state tournament.”

Hostetler said his team has the right mindset for the tournament. “I think the right way to do it is you don't talk about the next step,” he said. “We don't talk about who we're going to be playing next. If you look forward two steps down the road, you're never going to get there.”

In practices, Hostetler said he'll have his team work on switching field better. “I don't think we looked to do that today, but we did a better job in the second half,” he said, adding that the team has seemed to iron out any other areas where they may be lacking.

“At this point in the year, you aren't where we are right now,” he said. “There are little tweaks that you have to make, but besides that, I think we're in pretty good shape.

At press time the Lady Knights were awaiting the outcome of the match between Tolland (No. 5) and East Haven (No. 28) on Nov. 10, the winner of which they will face on Nov. 12.

For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.


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