BRISTOL - It was a cold fall night and both the Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central boys soccer teams had stellar nights defensively.
With limited chances in 80 minutes followed up by a pair of five-minute scoreless overtime periods, the Rams and Lancers played to a 0-0 draw on Monday evening.
“Defensively we were really good,” Bristol Central head coach Nate Jandreau said. “The backs were really sharp. The seniors back there, Dante Prado and Dillon Willis, kept us together, kept them from countering.”
“We were able to defend and I was very pleased because earlier in the year we had a couple of shots but we just didn’t knock them home,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. “They had a few more crosses in the middle but we were able to defend.”
Just like the first game earlier in the season between the two, it was back and forth but neither team could capitalize on its chances.
Bristol Eastern had 13 shots as a team while Bristol Central got off eight shots on Lancers keeper Tom Tefoe.
In one of his most impressive performances of the season, Tefoe and Bristol Eastern recorded the fifth shutout of the season.
“Every ball that was tough he made the play,” Sweet said. “It was a good example of a kid who stepped up. Another shutout for him another shutout for the team but he starts it from the back line.”
While Tefoe only recorded two saves, most of his work came on crosses and the two corner kicks that the Rams had in the game.
The most impressive save of the game was when the Rams’ Marcello Delvalle had a corner kick with just under one minute remaining in the first overtime period and Tefoe jumped in the air, eliminating any chance for a Bristol Central player to get a shot on goal.
For the Lancers, their best opportunity came in the second overtime period with under two minutes to go in the game and Lyle Winiarski hit the top crossbar and the Lancers saw a win flash before their eyes.
The best opportunities in the second half came by Bristol Central’s Adam Jones as he hit the post with just 17 minutes left in the half.
“We didn’t get forward as a team,” Jandreau said. “That’s something we’re usually good at doing combine four, five or six passes and we never got that.”
Minutes later, Bristol Eastern’s Drew Dauphinee got the best opportunity of the half when Rams keeper Alex Bernier slipped and Dauphinee had an open net but whiffed on the kick.
Early in the second half, Bristol Central’s David Bowes got by a pair of Bristol Eastern defenders but was denied by Tefoe.
“We didn’t really combine as well as we have,” Jandreau said. “It’s because of a couple things. One is because they work really hard at pushing in the midfield and not letting you hurry up the game and two, the nerves when you play out there, it’s not like any other game.”
Just a couple minutes following a header attempt on the other end of the field by Jake Woznicki on a corner kick was stopped as Bernier leaped in the air to make sure it didn’t get by him.
Later in the second half, Bernier missed a kick and Lancers Ben Chiasson couldn’t get to the ball before Bernier recovered to take over possession for the Rams.
While the opportunities were limited, the ones that occurred were good chances and either time could have capitalized on but couldn’t.
“From the first game [between the two] we definitely stepped it up,” Bristol Central defender Dante Prado said. “They have two explosive guys up top with Jake Woznicki and Lyle Winiarski. Last game they ran all over us and I can’t be prouder of our defense right now we played a great game and locked them down.”
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