BRISTOL - The Bristol Central girls soccer team had its chances to beat Bristol Eastern, but too many missed opportunities proved to be too much to overcome for the Rams in a 5-2 loss.
“On offense we should’ve had a lot more goals,” Adalia Malick said. “It was just missed shots, opportunities and crosses, but I think we did what we could and it was a competitive game.”
Malick has been impressive this season and had a goal in Monday night’s game. Her ability to possess the ball and get shots off will serve the Rams well going forward.
Bristol Eastern was well aware of her skills coming into the contest and it showed by the double teams Malick faced.
“Adalia is super talented on the outside,” Bristol Eastern head coach Scott Redman said. “We had a plan to take her out and make somebody else beat us.”
While she wasn’t shut down, the Lancers slowed her down enough and Redman’s game plan of making somebody else beat the Lancers worked.
On the defensive side of the pitch, Bristol Central played well, but Bristol Eastern made its chances count with the five goals.
Myah Croze played a big role for the Lancers, scoring three goals, but Rams freshman defender Lily Hansen played well, tasked with the job of slowing down Croze.
“When I gave [Hansen] the job she probably thought I was a little nuts, but I thought she did a great job on her,” Rams head coach Ginny Godbout said. “I gotta give Myah [Croze] credit. She’s a great player.”
With Faith Roy as a sophomore and freshman Lily Hansen stepping up, Bristol Central has two strong players in the back that should give Bristol Eastern trouble going forward.
“Faith is a great defender,” Redman said. “She shuts a lot of chances down, so we were trying to be creative getting away from them and spreading them out to make them move more than they are used to.”
Offensively, Bristol Central improved in a specific aspect of the game.
“We really had some great opportunities and shots,” Godbout said. “One of the things I said to the girls is that we’re finally crashing the net and we were right there in their face trying to capitalize, but a couple times we hit the crossbar.”
The 5-2 score isn’t an indication of how close the two teams were in the game.
Rams goalkeeper Aubrey Kelley played a strong game for Central and the five goals were off good chances for Bristol Eastern and lapses in the defense at times with the speed of the Lancers.
“Even though there were five goals for Eastern, what she was able to do in certain situations was just unbelievable,” Godbout said.
While losing to its city rival is tough, Bristol Central should have a good chance at redemption the next time around on Oct. 30.
“If we just work on those little mistakes and plays then we can definitely beat them,” Malick said.