ENFIELD - It was a bittersweet Wednesday afternoon for the Bristol Eastern girls soccer team.
On one hand, Myah Croze set a new school scoring record with her 43rd career goal, giving her team back the lead in a back-and-forth contest in the process.
On the other, the Lancers weren’t able to make it a more memorable day. Bristol Eastern lost the three different times, the last came five minutes after Croze’s record setter, and fell to Enfield 5-4.
Croze’s goal came 15 minutes into the second half to break a 3-3 tie.
“It’s a testament to how hard she’s worked in the offseason,” Lancers head coach Scott Redman said of Croze. “She plays soccer year round and she’s really dedicated to the sport. She loves to play and she loves to finish goals. But she also loves the camaraderie of the team. She spoke about it hoping her college team is like that too. She really likes the relationships she’s built with her teammates and the reason she’s a captain isn’t because [of] the school scoring record.”
Kailey Laprise led the scoring for Bristol Eastern (0-4-2). She finished with a hat trick.
Laprise’s first two goals were seven minutes apart. She scored eight minutes into the first half off a pass from Leah Policarpio to put the Lancers up 1-0 and again at the 15-minute mark to increase Bristol Eastern’s score to 2-0. Laprise’s final goal was set up by another pass from Policarpio a minute into the second half to give the Lancers a 3-2 lead.
But for all the offense Bristol Eastern was able to put up, the Eagles always had an answer.
After Laprise’s two first-half goals, Enfield countered with a goal from Kaie Marullo in the 25th minute. The score was set up by a pass from Madison Daly, who scored her on her own seven minutes later to make the match 2-2 at the half.
Sarah Haluch scored the equalizer for the Eagles in the 50th minute with an own goal in Enfield’s savor tying the match at 4-4 soon after Croze’s. Holly Jutras netted the winner in the 69th minute.
Riley Giblin and Grace D’Amato combined to save 16 shots for Bristol Eastern.