Shortcoming against Suffield is positive for Windsor Locks

WINDSOR LOCKS — After years of one-sided domination by Suffield, Windsor Locks is returning some punches.

In the bordering town rivalry, Suffield seemed to walk all over Windsor Locks with regularity, but after a respectful 3-1 loss Monday, things seem to be leaning in favor of the Raiders very slowly.

“Compared to what happened last year and years before, Suffield is a phenomenal team, and we have been changing the way we have been playing,” Windsor Locks head coach Daniel Eckert said. “We have been possessing the ball and I am very pleased with how the boys handled this. This is the best team in our division and they didn’t hand it to us like they have.”

Suffield’s head coach Mark Beigel sees the same thing happening with the Raiders.

“I thought Locks anticipated way more than us in terms of the emotion of the game,” Beigel said. “They brought it and took it to us. They were equaled to the task, they had a few opportunities lucky for us we had a few more.”

Windsor Locks stepped up big time, scoring a goal down by two in the second half. The strike wasn’t enough to catch the Wildcats, but it was enough to give the Raiders a much needed boost.

“In high school ball it’s all about the confidence,” Eckert said. “These guys are really starting to believe in each other. They can go as far as they want to go.”

With a win over the 3-1-1 Raiders, the Wildcats are even more excited to be 5-0.

“It was a great win,” Suffield senior Sean Sullivan, who had a hat trick in the win, said. “We will take the positives and work on the negatives. But there’s a lot of season left to go, it’s still early.”

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