BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern boys soccer team rallied twice to beat Plainville on Friday evening, 3-2, to qualify for the upcoming Class L state tournament.
The first half was scoreless until the 3:23 mark, when Plainville’s Logan Miller scored at the back post.
“We knew at halftime that we’d played well, thwarting the Plainville attack until Miller scored,” Lancer coach Bill Sweet said. “So we dialed up our attack by winning most free balls and going directly at the Plainville defense.”
In the second half, Eastern tied the game when Jared Greger cut inside and slipped the ball past goalie Sergio Zaldivar at 22:41.
At 10:11, Mike Torres pounced on a loose ball and put Plainville up 2-1 with a hard shot.
Eastern responded at 6:15, as Lyle Winiarski crossed the ball to Ben Chiasson, who headed home the tying goal.
Chiasson was also involved in the winning goal, as he skimmed a ball to an onrushing Jake Woznicki, who headed it into the far corner at 1:01.
“We had high energy all game and solid play from our central players, Tom Lombardi, Dante Costantiello and Gabe Soucy,” Sweet said. “The whole team earned their trip to the state tournament with their superior effort.”
Zaldivar made seven saves, while Eastern’s Tom Tefoe collected five. Eastern outshot Plainville 11-9.
Plainville is now 7-6-2, while Eastern is 5-6-3 and hosts Bristol Central in the first half of a boys and girls soccer doubleheader on Monday at 5 p.m.