BRISTOL - After starting out the season 4-0-1, the Bristol Central boys soccer had been struggling on the field and came into the game against New Britain having lost three out its last four.
Playing the Hurricanes offered the Rams a strong chance to regain that early season success and with a 2-0 win Tuesday afternoon, Bristol Central did just that and excelled in the phases of the game they need to in order to be productive.
Led once again by Josh Cordero, the Rams controlled possession throughout the game.
Passing the ball effectively in particular was on display and head coach Nate Jandreau was impressed with his group’s performance.
Along with possession, the Rams also pressured the New Britain goalie Adam Gottner throughout the afternoon.
Gottner made nine saves and most of those came against strong scoring opportunities that Bristol Central got off of that strong passing and ball movement. Defensively for the Rams, it was a test against the speed of New Britain, especially in the first half.
“They definitely had some speed especially up top,” Cordero said. “They were looking to play over the top and beat our defenders but we were able to drop back and not allow that to happen.”
Bristol Central keeper Alex Bernier continued his strong play with another shutout, his second of the season and of the past three games.
“Alex came up with some really big saves,” Jandreau said, “especially in the first half off that free kick that they had.”
The upcoming game against Berlin tonight will be a good test for the Rams to see where they truly stand as a team. With the following two games against Platt and Middletown, Bristol Central has a decent shot at winning four straight.
Look for Cordero and Bernier to continue to lead the Rams as the final stretch of the season begins.
The shutout against the Hurricanes should provide Bristol Central with a confidence boost going through some stuff as a team off the field.
“We’re playing a tougher schedule and some tougher teams,” Jandreau said. “Our guys are really battling through a lot of stuff, injuries and other things. We played 12 field players [Tuesday] and the guys knew coming in that that was what it was going to be and they really sucked it up and a lot of guys played big minutes [Tuesday] which will only make us better going forward.”
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