NEW BRITAIN - Following its 2-0 loss to Bristol Central on Tuesday, the New Britain boys soccer team sits at 2-8 on the season and not much is going well for the Hurricanes other than the stellar play of goalkeeper Adam Gottner.
Gottner made nine saves against the Rams and the saves were far from easy.
“I thought that keeper was absolutely phenomenal,” Bristol Central’s Josh Cordero said. “He made some great saves. There was a couple times when I came up and said ‘dude you made a good save.’”
He threw his body at balls and covered most of the net, drawing great praise from the other side.
While Gottner’s a success for New Britain, the team’s five goals scored through 10 games played must be fixed if the Hurricanes want to find any success moving forward with the season.
“In front of me I saw I saw people not wanting to step to the ball and just waiting for them to come to us and I saw us not finish opportunities,” Gottner said.
The offense for New Britain has been shut out in six of its last seven games.
Gottner has allowed 33 goals in the 10 games for an average of 3.3 goals per game. While that doesn’t look good on paper, the blame shouldn’t be on him as much as those in front of him.
“It’s a mental problem and we’re going to have to work on that,” New Britain head coach Garth Lawrence said. “I’m gonna fix it and we’re going to come back strong next game.”
The first goal of the game for Bristol Central by Adam Jones was on a good look that got past Gottner.
Besides that goal, Gottner controlled the net and the other goal scored by Cordero was on a defensive lapse when Cordero had an easy look and there was nothing Gottner could do to save it.
While Gottner kept the Hurricanes in it, the continued lack of offense led to the loss for New Britain yet again.
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