DANIELSON - The No. 22-seed Bristol Central boys soccer team cruised to an 8-0 victory at No. 11 Ellis Tech on Wednesday afternoon in a Class L state tournament first round contest, securing a home game in the second round today against No. 27 Middletown, which had won on Tuesday.
Today’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Adam Jones and Umar Malick each had a pair of goals for the Rams, with Diego Naranjo, David Bowes, Ellis Carmelich and Yanni Koci also putting shots into the net. Carmelich had a pair of assists, while Naranjo, Bowes, Jones, Koci, Brandon Holland and Mark Palma each had one helper.
Bristol Central (7-4-4) went ahead 5-0 by halftime. Rams goalkeeper Tyler Manzone stopped three shots and Danny Gaudoin had one save.
“The guys worked hard to put themselves in a good position, and now they’ve earned a home game in the tournament,” Rams coach Nate Jandreau said.
Bristol Central and Middletown (6-8-3), the tournament’s lowest seed, split a pair of meetings during the regular season.
“I think the guys are really looking forward to a rubber match with them,” Jandreau said.
Goalkeeper Brett Gile made eight saves for Ellis Tech (10-6-1).
Eastern seniors play last game: Bristol Eastern’s season ended on Tuesday evening as it suffered a tough loss to Maloney in penalty kicks, 4-3, after two overtime periods.
Eastern took the lead in the first half with 6:20 left when Jake Woznicki (14th goal of the season) converted a Dante Costantiello cross. Maloney tied the game when David Bellemare broke free for a goal at 21:00 into the second half.
Eastern had the best chance to win in overtime, but Devin Juan (7 saves) and a sliding Maloney defender saved two shots right in front of the goal.
Nate Diloreto had seven saves for Eastern (8-6-3), while seniors Patrick Brady, Ben Chiasson, Connor Errato, Jared Greger, Roger Jimenez-Pulla, Konrad Olekszyk and Gabe Soucy played in their final game with the Lancers.
“We played hard to the end against a good Maloney team,” coach Bill Sweet said. “Kicks are a tough way to lose, especially for the seniors. I’m proud of the way the seniors led us through the year, pushing and supporting themselves and the younger players.”
Naugatuck 3, Bristol Central 1: The Rams fell in a Class L state tournament second round game, after tying it up just before halftime.
Adalia Malick scored on a through ball from Bella Bosco as Bristol Central tied the score at 1 after being down early, but Naugatuck scored two goals in the second half.
The loss ends the stellar high school careers of captains Erika Santilli and Adalia Malick.
“Their contributions to the team and program will not be forgotten,” coach Ginny Godbout said.