BRISTOL - Off to a strong start on the season and facing rival Bristol Eastern, the Bristol Central boys soccer team was in a good position to get its fifth win of the season.
The Lancers had other plans, though, and the Rams couldn’t find a way to control the ball during the game, something that had been a strong suit.
“Our possession wasn’t where it needed to be,” Bristol Central assistant coach Brian Nass said. “If we’re going to beat them we need to out-possess them and hold the ball a little bit better than we did. They just out-possessed us and outhustled us to most of the 50-50 balls until we got to the home stretch and it was a coin flip at that time.”
The only goal of the game from Bristol Central was scored by Josh Cordero toward the end of the first half.
With Cordero, his speed stands out on the field, as he can beat defenders on the outside.
The Lancers did a solid job containing the inside of the field, making it hard for Cordero and the other Bristol Central goal scorers to get opportunities to come away with a goal.
“We just had trouble finding where their gaps were and connecting feet,” Nass said. “It seemed every time we had a couple passes connected, we made a silly mistake and the ball got turned over going the other way, so hopefully we’ll clean that up and the next time we play them we won’t have to worry about that.”
Using the speed of the group to control possession and limiting turnovers will be important for the Rams to regain their early season success.
Bristol Central will get another shot at redemption on Oct. 30 at Bristol Eastern.