Berlin boys soccer dominant in all phases of the game in shutout win over Bristol Eastern

Published on Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:01
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN - Bristol Eastern boys soccer was shadowing Berlin’s Noah Silverman throughout the entire game, trying to shut down the opposing team’s top player.

“He’s a sharp player,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. “He has a good change of pace and is very fast. He moves the ball and shoots well and helps his team, so Berlin is a solid team with a superstar.”

It was Silverman who got the best of Eastern, though, as he put his team ahead early in the game with an assist followed by a goal that led to a 4-0 Berlin win over Bristol Eastern on Saturday.

“We scored early on, which helped us a lot,” Silverman said. “From then on it was smooth sailing. They gave us some challenges at points, but we were able to handle them, so solid performance.”

The deficit could have been worse for the Lancers as Berlin missed a few shot opportunities, the best chance coming from T.J. Beardsley on an open shot that hit the top of the post.

Bristol Eastern played a physical game throughout and at times got in the head of Redcoats players.

“They’re always very physical,” Berlin head coach Sal Parafati said. “They have a couple very solid players that made it difficult for us in the back, but their physicality and aggressiveness is what it is every year and they’re very solid in that aspect.”

Tempers flared in the first half when Silverman and Bristol Eastern’s Lyle Winiarski collided, leading to the ref stopping the game briefly.

“You just gotta take the hits and keep going on with the game,” Silverman said.

Berlin controlled the field all game and time of possession was in its favor.

“We’re trying to work on keeping possession and distributing the ball better,” Bristol Eastern forward Winiarski said. “It was a very physical game and we got pushed around a little bit throughout the game.”

Goals from the Redcoats came from Justin Rocco, Silverman, Billy Hagmeier and Curtis Arcari.

Rocco and Silverman scored the pair of first half goals. Hagmeier and Arcari scored the second half goals.

Bristol Eastern’s best chance came on a strike from Jake Woznicki that went just wide right of Berlin keeper Jack Nelson.

“The effort was definitely there,” Bristol Eastern forward Jacob Woznicki said. “Just not finishing shots in the beginning when we had chances kind of killed our momentum and as time went on they took control of the game.”

Redcoats goalkeeper Jack Nelson had his third shutout of the season. He had just two saves as his defense was superb.

“Defense did awesome tonight,” Nelson said. “Our outside backs locked down the lines. Our stopper and sweeper were winning everything in the air.

“Our stopper ate up everything. Nothing got by him. It was an all-around great performance from my back four.”

Bristol Eastern goalie Tom Tefoe finished with five saves and had a busy night in front of him, as the Redcoats had nine shots in the game.

With the loss, the Lancers fall to 1-3 and host Platt at home on Monday.

Berlin moves to 4-1 on the season and will be on the road at Plainville on Tuesday.

“We’re off to a strong start, but we’ve got a couple really hard challenges coming up and it’s going to be a good test for us,” Silverman said.

“I think we definitely have a lot of potential,” Woznicki said. “We just need to put the pieces together. We have it, but don’t have it all the time, so once we figure that out we’ll definitely be a good team.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811, or  dorencole@bristolpress.com On Twitter: @OrencoleDan



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports on Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:01. Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:03.