BRISTOL - Senior Myah Croze highlighted a thrilling night for Bristol Eastern soccer on Monday, as her goal with seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Lancers’ girls soccer team to a 4-3 victory over Bristol Central - the same score by which Bristol Eastern later beat the Rams in boys soccer later in the evening.
The city’s girls teams were tied at halftime before Croze got the ball to Ciara Collins, who scored in the 43rd minute for a 1-0 lead. Croze added her first goal of the evening in the 55th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Bristol Central got on the board via an own goal by the Lancers in the 62nd minute, but Bristol Eastern regained a two-goal lead when Collins, assisted by Leah Policarpio, in the 65th minute. The Rams got back into the game as Adalia Malick scored a pair of goals in the 75th and 77th minutes to tie the contest.
After heading into overtime, neither team was able to score until Croze netted her second goal of the game with just 22 seconds to go.
Lancers goalkeepers Ava Gilbert and Grace D'Amato combined on 14 saves, while the Rams’ Liz Hintz and Haley Riley stopped 10 total shots.
Bristol Eastern improved to 7-6-2 for the season, while Bristol Central fell to 6-9-1.
Later in the evening, Bristol Eastern rallied three times to tie the score, then in the last minute Connor Errato hit the game-winner as the Lancers won the boys contest, 4-3.
Jake Woznicki took an Elijah Parent pass and tied the score midway through the first half after Central had taken a lead in the first 10 minutes.
Central took a 2-1 lead three minutes into the second half, but Dante Costantiello scored on a free kick, after Jared Greger had been fouled, and Eastern tied it, 2-2, 10 minutes later.
Central went ahead again at the 22:00 mark and had a chance to go ahead by two goals soon after, but Eastern’s goalie Nate Diloreto (7 saves) stopped a Ram penalty kick.
Woznicki later tied the game with 10 minutes left as he hit on a penalty kick.
Eastern won it after Errato took a Ben Chiasson through ball and scored with about a minute remaining.
“We fought hard throughout,” Lancer coach Bill Sweet said. “It was a true team effort, picking each other up.”
Eastern improved to 8-5-3, while Central fell to 6-6-4.
Rams goalie Dan Gaudoin made six saves.
It was Senior Night for the teams, and the following seniors were honored: Bristol Eastern boys soccer - Patrick Brady, Connor Errato, Konrad Olekszyk, Jared Greger, Benjamin Chiasson, Roger Jimenez-Pulla, Gabriel Soucy and Christopher Bravo Chavez; Bristol Central boys soccer - Sebastian Garay-Ortega, Justin Fetzer, Hunter Peterson, Richard Carmelich, Brandon Holland, Yanni Koci, Kenni Cantarero, James Nedorostek, Adam Chawner, Jason Fetzer, Jacob Drewniak and Lucas Lefeld; Bristol Eastern girls soccer - Ava Gilbert, Hanna Richards, Myah Croze, Kailey Laprise, Angelina Lusitani, Meredith Forman, Danielle Bairrington, Emily Belanger and Keegan Tedd; and Bristol Central girls soccer - Abigail Gorneault, Adalia Malick, Erika Santilli and Dulce Cruz Flores.