BRISTOL - Entering the season just three goals away from tying the record of 42 goals scored by Christi Carone, Bristol Eastern girls soccer midfielder Myah Croze wasn’t looking to tie it, she was ready to break it.
The prolific goal scorer for the Lancers entrenched her name in the record books last Wednesday with the record-breaking 43rd goal against Enfield.
On Monday against Platt, Croze, surrounded by her teammates, was recognized for her career achievement with a commemorative game ball.
As always for the soft-spoken Croze, there was more meaning to it than the ball dedicated in her name.
“It was nice to see my teammates happy too,” Croze said. “I would be excited for them, too, so it was good to see that they were there for me.”
Receiving the honor didn’t mean the senior was done scoring, as she put three goals past the Platt goalkeeper in the Lancers’ 7-0 shutout.
Whether it be scoring or setting up the offense alongside her, Croze has been a dynamic player and a leader of the senior class featuring nine players total on the roster.
Croze truly burst on to the scene in her sophomore and junior seasons with 16 goals each year.
She isn’t one to shy away from the big moment, either.
In the Class L state tournament last season, Croze scored four goals in the opening round win over Bullard Havens Tech to help the Lancers advance to the second round.
Bristol Eastern lost to Joel Barlow in the next round and was eliminated by the Falcons for the second consecutive season.
While the goal scoring record is checked off, the Falcons may not want to face Croze this time around.
“I think we can do it this year if we play them again. I’d like to get that chance,” the senior said.
To get back to the postseason, Croze will have to continue her role on the field as both a primary scorer and captain with some young players around her.
Since breaking the record she’s been playing her best soccer this season.
In the two games since, Croze has contributed four goals, one against Middletown in the Lancers first win of the season and three more against Platt on Monday night.
“I told her that it’s good to have that monkey off of her back and so now she can start grinding again and kind of move on from it, which I think she’s done,” Bristol Eastern head coach Scott Redman said. “She’s played looser afterwards; in the last two games she’s been super dynamic.”
With Croze heating up for the Lancers, the slow start to the season may soon become an afterthought with eight games remaining on Bristol Eastern’s schedule.
When Croze is on her game, the Lancers are tough to stop as a group.
“A huge part of what we’re doing this season is because of Myah, she’s my best friend off the field and on the field it’s really good to work with her and watch her accomplish everything she has,” fellow senior and long time teammate Kailey Laprise said. “And she has so much more still to come in the future with her college team.”
While the number 43 is now out of the way, the number two is still something on the senior’s mind and it may mean even more.
Picking up a win in the Class L tournament this year would be the second playoff victory of her career.
Regardless, Croze is enjoying her final go around with the Bristol Eastern program.
“I love the team, I love going to practice every day and being able to see them,” Croze said. “If we had a boring team it wouldn’t be the same, we all love each other so much and it shows on the field.”