BERLIN -Â Bristol Eastern boys soccer was shadowing Berlinâ€™s Noah Silverman throughout the entire game, trying to shut down the opposing teamâ€™s top player.
â€śHeâ€™s a sharp player,â€ť Bristol Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. â€śHe 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.â€ť
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.
â€śWe scored early on, which helped us a lot,â€ť Silverman said. â€śFrom then on it was smooth sailing. They gave us some challenges at points, but we were able to handle them, so solid performance.â€ť
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.
â€śTheyâ€™re always very physical,â€ť Berlin head coach Sal Parafati said. â€śThey 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 theyâ€™re very solid in that aspect.â€ť
Tempers flared in the first half when Silverman and Bristol Easternâ€™s Lyle Winiarski collided, leading to the ref stopping the game briefly.
â€śYou just gotta take the hits and keep going on with the game,â€ť Silverman said.
Berlin controlled the field all game and time of possession was in its favor.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to work on keeping possession and distributing the ball better,â€ť Bristol Eastern forward Winiarski said. â€śIt was a very physical game and we got pushed around a little bit throughout the game.â€ť
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 Easternâ€™s best chance came on a strike from Jake Woznicki that went just wide right of Berlin keeper Jack Nelson.
â€śThe effort was definitely there,â€ť Bristol Eastern forward Jacob Woznicki said. â€śJust 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.â€ť
Redcoats goalkeeper Jack Nelson had his third shutout of the season. He had just two saves as his defense was superb.
â€śDefense did awesome tonight,â€ť Nelson said. â€śOur outside backs locked down the lines. Our stopper and sweeper were winning everything in the air.
â€śOur stopper ate up everything. Nothing got by him. It was an all-around great performance from my back four.â€ť
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.
â€śWeâ€™re off to a strong start, but weâ€™ve got a couple really hard challenges coming up and itâ€™s going to be a good test for us,â€ť Silverman said.
â€śI think we definitely have a lot of potential,â€ť Woznicki said. â€śWe just need to put the pieces together. We have it, but donâ€™t have it all the time, so once we figure that out weâ€™ll definitely be a good team.â€ť
Dan Orencole can be reached atÂ 860-973-1811, orÂ firstname.lastname@example.org On Twitter: @OrencoleDan