BRISTOL - Bristol Eastern’s Myah Croze made sure that her team got the win against Bristol Central in the city series game on Monday night in front of a packed house.
Croze scored three goals en route to a 5-2 Lancers victory over the Rams.
“I think because of our conditioning we did better at the end,” Croze said. “We had been working so hard in the offseason that it paid off.”
In the first half, both teams were evenly matched, holding possession in the opponent’s zone back and forth throughout.
The first goal of the game came about five minutes in from Bristol Eastern’s Croze on a rebound off of Bristol Central goalie Aubrey Kelley that was assisted by Sara Tyminski, who went on to net the second goal of the night.
Following Croze’s first goal, Tyminski scored on a header off of a cross from teammate Kate Kozikowski.
Both Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central could’ve had much more offensive first halves.
The Rams’ Adalia Malick hit the post twice in the half as she was all over the Lancers defense, double-teamed at times.
“I think we played a good game,” Malick said. “We possessed the ball really well and the score didn’t really reflect how well we played.”
For Bristol Eastern, it had a header go off of the post when it held a 2-0 lead in the game.
The physicality in the first half between the rivals led to the Rams first goal as Ashley McDonald was given a penalty kick and buried it past Lancers goalie Karly Martin.
Other than the goal, Martin had a heck of a half highlighted by a diving save to deny Bristol Central’s Mia Hinton on a game-tying goal attempt.
In the second half, Croze put the Lancers up 3-1 just under 15 minutes into the half.
Bristol Central’s Malick finally found the back of the net just minutes later and the Rams were within one goal.
Again, it was Croze that extended the Bristol Eastern lead with just under 23 minutes remaining in the game.
“[Myah] was on her game tonight that’s for sure,” Bristol Eastern head coach Scott Redman said. “I like the way she worked hard in the first half specifically she was pressuring their back line I mean Faith [Roy] is a phenomenal defender for Central and she’s everywhere on the field but Myah found space.”
With the clock winding down, the Lancers’ Jenna Soucy put the game out of reach for the Rams with her goal that put Bristol Eastern up 5-2.
“We did some great things tonight,” Bristol Central head coach Ginny Godbout said. “We just unfortunately couldn’t capitalize in the situations that we could have.”
With a chance to put her team up 6-2, Croze shook a pair of Bristol Central defenders and just missed the net high to the right.
Bristol Central had its chances but couldn’t capitalize and Bristol Eastern goalie Karly Martin made some outstanding saves coming out of the box at times to do so.
“I think my athleticism is one of my biggest strengths,” Martin said. “I can be quick enough to get the ball without having pressure,”
With the win, Bristol Eastern advances to 4-3 and Bristol Central falls below .500 at 3-4.
Bristol Eastern will host Enfield on Wednesday while Bristol Central will travel to Manchester Wednesday.
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