Both Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central boys soccer had successful seasons, leading the area teams.
The Rams had the best season in the area with a 8-6-2 record and as a result had five of their players selected to our All-Press Boys Soccer Team.
Josh Cordero led Bristol Central as the leading scorer and was named to the all-conference team.
“Josh is very offensively gifted, he knows how to play multiple positions and was able to be dangerous from anywhere on the field,” Rams coach Nate Jandreau said.
David Bowes also had a strong season for the Rams as a forward and was named all-conference as a sophomore.
“David was able to play everywhere on the field because of his great understanding of the game,” Jandreau said. “He is already a leader with his best years ahead of him.”
Marcello Delvalle, often one of the quicker players on the field for either side, was named to the all-conference team as well.
“Marcello’s skill and touch were unmatched this year,” Jandreau said. “I always knew what Marcello could do with the ball at his feet, but his off the ball effort was impressive.”
On defense for the Rams, Dillon Willis stood out as the senior leader.
“Dillon’s fire for the game is phenomenal,” Jandreau said. “He was the leader of our defense and the toughest kid on the field most days.”
Behind Willis, goalkeeper Alex Bernier shined bright.
“Alex is a physically imposing player that can get to balls that other goalies can’t get to due to his terrific athleticism,” Jandreau said.
Bristol Eastern finished with a 5-7-4 record and won its qualifying playoff game against Cheney Tech before falling to top-seeded E.O. Smith in the next round.
Jake Woznicki led the Lancers on the field as he was named to his second all-conference team as a sophomore. He finished with 12 goals and five assists.
“Jake brought great enthusiasm and skill to our games,” Lancers coach Bill Sweet said. “He was outstanding in the air (game-winning headers against Plainville and Central) and adept at finding open spaces for shots.”
Another leader behind Bristol Eastern’s playoff bid was senior captain forward Lyle Winiarski.
He finished the season with seven goals to go with 10 assists and was named to the all-conference team.
“Lyle had a strong senior season after dealing with an injury last year,” Sweet said. “His skills improved dramatically over the years and prompted his move from a defender in his first two years to a dangerous attacker.”
Another captain, senior midfielder Tom Lombardi, was important on both ends for the Lancers.
“Tom excelled at patrolling midfield on both offense and defense,” Sweet said. “He continually led our up-tempo defense. On offense, Tom was able to control the ball and find open men. During the offseason he worked on his free kicks and he became one of the best penalty-kickers we’ve had in years.”
He finished the year with three goals and three assists.
Senior goalkeeper Tom Tefore, a four-year varsity starter, was the mainstay for Eastern’s defense.
He had six shutouts on the season and has 15 in his career.
“Tom was our most consistent player this year,” Sweet said. “He made tough saves, directed the defense and was effective with his distribution. He came to each practice ready to work hard and his efforts resulted in the team’s confidence with the back line.”
The other two teams in the area didn’t have as much success overall, but received strong performances from its players.
For St. Paul, both Matthew Goodwin and Ethan Rembish had successful years and are part of our All-Press Boys Soccer Team.
Goodwin, a four-year varsity starter and the senior captain playing center midfielder, was the leader for St. Paul.
“A team captain who lead by example. Matt influenced every aspect of the team and each game,” St. Paul coach Joe Abele said. “Good player and even better person who has a very bright future.”
For the future success of the program, a large part of it will be about sophomore midfielder Ethan Rembish.
Named to the all-conference team, Rembish scored 12 goals fand had eight assists.
“Ethan is a great athlete with a great work ethic,” Abele said. “Second on the team in scoring and first in assists.”
For Terryville, Adam Pelz was a standout player and a big reason behind any offensive success for the Kangaroos.
Pelz was an All-State player for Terryville after scoring six goals and assisting on five others.
“Adam has always led by example,” Kangaroos coach George Smith said. “He has been a valuable asset to the Terryville soccer program over the past four seasons. His selection to All-State this season was well deserved and I couldn’t be more proud to have coached him.”