PLAINVILLE - It wasn't the prettiest game, but Bristol Eastern girls soccer's win Thursday night over Plainville may be just what they needed with the CIAC postseason inching toward them.
Tough scheduling and a record that now sits at 5-6-1 has Eastern on the cusp of the postseason, but the job isn't finished yet.
"One of our goals this year with the challenging schedule was to get into the tournament," said Bristol Eastern head coach Scott Redman. We're still fighting for that, we're one point away and we just need a tie or a win. That's definitely still a focus and a goal of ours. ... We just need to sharpen up. This week we got our two wins, but it wasn't flawless by any means."
Both Plainville and the Lancers came out flat early in the first half, with neither side generating a bonafide scoring opportunity in front of the goal. But, Eastern caught a break with a through ball over Plainville's back line to find Megan Krok pushing past. Krok netted the score at the 36th minute mark to provide the only score in the match.
"We had chances. There were a couple of good chances that didn't go our way," said Redman. "... Our offense has been pretty solid all year. We've scored some goals against some good teams, some good defenses. We created good chances. ... I thought we were building it up pretty well in the second half."
The style of play Thursday night, despite having areas where it needed improving, has been strong as of late. Eastern was able to tie a good Simsbury team 0-0 on Oct. 13 and roll past Middletown 4-0 on Tuesday, putting the Lancers right back where they wanted to be after a run of games where they went 1-3-1.
Looking ahead, the Lancers are aiming to keep things going and make it three wins in a row next week. While it's not going to be easy, Redman thinks things will be even in their first test against Berlin.
"There's two games next week that we should be able to [compete in]. They'll be some even matches.
Eastern takes on Berlin next week, at 7 p.m. at home Tuesday night. Earlier in the season Eastern lost 4-3 to Berlin as part of its three-game skid to open the season.
"I would expect the defenses to be a little more sharp," said Redman about Tuesday's match. "However, both offenses can definitely score. So we'll need to have a balance, be able to defend together and build up (towards the goal). We have the skilled players to finish on the back end, which is nice."
Berlin (6-4-3) is winners of its last two, beating Platt 8-0 last Tuesday and Bristol Central this past Thursday 2-0. Based off the CIAC's "points" system, they're tied for 16th in Class L. Bristol Eastern is tied for 22nd in Class L, adding to the playoff implications even more.
With the eyes on the postseason, Redman knows it's a different animal, but at the moment Eastern is working on getting better each day and understanding the game before kicking off Class L tournament play.
"The tournament is a whole different ball game. You've got to be sharp in all facets of the game," said Redman. "We're really trying to get better, play better, understand how we're trying to attack and win games."