BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern girls soccer team came into the city series game against Bristol Central with a specific game plan: Slow down Adalia Malick and tire out the Rams defense by stretching the field.
For Lancers head coach Scott Redman, his group executed the game plan perfectly in a 5-2 victory.
Malick was held to just one goal, as she was often forced into a shot from a bad angle.
The play of Bristol Eastern goalkeeper Karly Martin was outstanding, as she denied multiple goal-scoring opportunities.
“I feel amazing, but I couldn’t have done it without my team,” Martin said. “My defensive line has been amazing this year. Even though we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve still been feeling great.”
While Martin had an impressive performance, her offense played outstandingly, giving her a good lead to work with in net.
Myah Croze continued to play a key role for the Lancers on offense and scored three goals in the game.
“Myah found time to be creative and get her shots in the second half,” Bristol Eastern head coach Scott Redman said. “In the first half she was setting up her teammates more, she played phenomenal.”
Her ability to score has been there, but her playmaking ability to go along with that makes her a dangerous weapon for Bristol Eastern.
“I think it’s a little bit of both,” Croze said. “I have to use my teammates and they have to use me as well, so I think it’s just that we all play together no matter what role.”
Bristol Central’s Malick was consistently double teamed by the Bristol Eastern defense, and coming into the game that was something the team worked on.
Although she faced tremendous defensive pressure throughout, Malick still had her chances to score, but the spacing on the field and the position of the defense forced multiple shots from tough angles that missed the net or connected with the crossbar.
“We kept trying to execute our game plan,” Redman said. “We had a plan going in and they executed the plan phenomenally. And when they started to wear down and we were playing with confidence, we executed how we wanted to attack.”
The Lancers passed the ball well throughout the game and connecting on those passes was big, especially during the second half.
“I think tonight we had some of the best playmaking ability that we did throughout the whole year,” Martin said. “We had a lot of connecting passes and just played great.”
Going forward, the Lancers believe the city game is big for the confidence of the group. They know that the Rams will bring their best game in the rematch on Oct. 30.
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