BRISTOL CENTRAL 3, BRISTOL EASTERN 1
from the campus of Bristol Eastern
Bristol Central (3-4-1) 2 1 – 3
Bristol Eastern (2-4-2) 0 1 – 1
Halftime: Bristol Central led 2-0
Scoring: First Half – Bristol Central: Michaela Bossi, 5:26; Bristol Central: Meghan Hamel, 35:30.
Scoring: Second Half – Bristol Eastern: Emily DeNote, 53:30; Bristol Central: Bossi, 58:14.
Shots on Goals: Bristol Central 11; Bristol Eastern 9
Saves: Bristol Central (Brianna Corbin) 6; Bristol Eastern (Karly Martin) 3
Corner Kicks: Bristol Central 7; Bristol Eastern 2
Records: Bristol Central 3-4-1 overall, 3-3-1 CCC South; Bristol Eastern 2-4-2 overall, 2-3-2 CCC South
By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – When the Bristol Central girls soccer team completely executes its game plan on the field, the results are usually outstanding for the squad.
And on Tuesday, Sept. 30, an outstanding job led to a huge victory on the campus of Bristol Eastern as the Rams downed the Lancers 3-1 in a CCC South engagement.
It was a total team effort by the Rams and once the lead was obtained, there was no taking it away from the hungry visitors.
“I’ve got to credit my assistant coaches, Coach (Ginny) Godbout and Coach (Nate) Jandreau, they really prepared our team really well the last few days when I’ve been away,” said Central coach Scott Redman. “The girls played really well.”
Central played well in all phases in the game as the usual offensive standouts tallied goals while the defense gave Eastern’s best players fits throughout the evening.
“This is the potential that we’ve seen all year in spurts,” said Redman. “They put it together for nearly the entire game tonight.”
But it wasn’t all bad for the Lancers as Emily DeNote zipped in a huge goal, cutting the Eastern deficit to 2-1 midway through the final tilt of play.
However, the final Central tally gave the squad a lift and the defense finished out the game from there, not allowing any further shots to go though the net in the big victory.
“Let’s be honest, they outplayed us,” said Eastern coach Roland Loranger. “They were a better team, quicker to the ball, had good speed (and) they spread us out.
“They created opportunities for themselves and they finished.”
Central nabbed the first two goals of the game before Eastern shaved the deficit in half to make a real run at the lead over the final 40.
“You’ve got to credit Eastern. They fought back. They made it a one goal game,” said Redman. “They capitalized on our mistakes, that’s what good teams do. They hung in there, they battled but we responded really well.
The contest belonged to Michaela Bossi as she scored the first and last goals of the game to lead the charge.
And the second Bossi goal – scored with 21:46 left to play – gave the Rams a huge 3-1 push that would not be topped.
“When we put in that third (goal) in, that was a pretty big one,” said Redman of the final goal.
Eastern never gave in as Cierra Carrillo, Shelby Folsom, and DeNote kept the pressure on but simply couldn’t string shots to fall past Central keeper Brianna Corbin (6 saves).
“Obviously, there were a few mistakes on us,” said Loranger, “but you know, we had our chances.”
Bossi set the tone of the game just 5:26 into things as Central attacked the Eastern box and Bossi was hanging around to put a goal in.
That chance happened as the ball bounced her way and she zipped it past goalie Karly Martin (5 saves) as Central led 1-0 with 34:34 left in the first frame.
“She’s that physical player up top that nobody wants to guard,” said Redman of Bossi. “Last year, she got rewarded quite a bit. This year, she’s been a little frustrated in terms of goal production. But when you put yourself in the right spot at the right time that many times, you’re going to get rewarded eventually and tonight, she was fortunate enough to be rewarded.”
Later in the first half, Redman was hustling in reserve Meghan Hamel in and out of the fray and her energy made a huge difference in the game.
Early in the contest, her offense was a big deal.
Later in the game, her speed and efficiency kept Central’s collective feet moving.
But Hamel’s goal was huge and with just under five minutes left before the half, she made her move.
Off a Central missed shot, she slipped in a goal with 4:30 left and quickly, the Rams went ahead 2-0 and held that edge into halftime.
In the second frame, DeNote intercepted an Eastern pass off a bad clear and while Central defenders helplessly stood and watched, the Eastern warrior slammed the ball in from the left side.
She nailed it in on the opposite side of the goal as the deficit was chopped to 2-1 with 26:30 remaining in the match.
But the grouping of Hailey Peterson, Kayla Policarpio, Ellesse Dineno, and Brianna Hamel helped to limit the Lancers to only that one goal over the final minutes of the game in a big defensive effort.
“They did what they (always) do,” said Redman of his squad’s defense. “Eastern has some dynamic players. DeNote, she capitalized off that mistake. But other than that, we limited her quite a bit. And that’s a good player.”
“That goal went in, made it 2-1 you see it all that all the time…you get some momentum going,” said Loranger. “Again, a couple opportunities missed and they come back and score that third goal.”
“That changed the game.”
But DeNote and Carrillo tried to spearhead another scoring drive but that slick defense was up to the task and did not allow the Lancers any additional scoring.
“Carrillo is one of the best players in the conference,” said Redman. “She had chances but when (Ximena) Juarez was on her, she matched up really well with her, we were able to possess and you can tell at the end of the game, one team was dragging and both teams have very minimal subs.
Then the ball control kicked in for the Rams and time became a factor for the Lancers.
“We’ve got some talent, especially through the middle of the field and Juarez out wide,” said Redman. “They connected passes all night tonight. They possessed really well and created chances.”
There was plenty of back and forth to end the game but the Rams made all the defensively plays late to wrangle up a huge 3-1 win.
While the 2-4-2 ledger might not be where the Lancers want to be at this point of the season, good things appear to be on the horizon.
“We’ve got work to do,” said Loranger. “We’re young but I’m proud of the guys. They work hard. And a team like Central, they’re playing well right now.”
And from the Central side of things, the finish of the games indicated what the squad can do when they can control the ball, use the clock and shut down the opposing offenses. “We just haven’t finished in the final third,” said Redman. “Today, we finished. That possession led to quality chances and they tucked them in. That was the key.”