NEW BRITAIN – Five goals in the first half sunk Goodwin Tech boys soccer in its 7-2 loss to Windham Tech on Thursday at home.
Bryce Lynn led the visitors with a pair of goals while four other Mighty Tigers players netted strikes in the Gladiators most lopsided result of the young season.
“It’s really tough trying to explain to them that sometimes after losses there are positives that come from it,” Goodwin Tech coach Ron Murray said. “We had some plays early in the first half that were not made, then when we got into the second half, guys were making those same plays that we didn’t make. That’s a positive.”
Juniors Anthony Cassarino and Edin Imsirovic scored for Goodwin, but the duo didn’t have enough offensive support as the Gladiators fell to 3-3 overall.
“Cassarino is our captain,” Murray said. “He actually made a really nice play. We talk a lot about getting rid of the ball right off the pass, not holding it too long, and that’s how we got that 1-1 tie. He came across, on his foot, bam in the net, didn’t give the goalie enough time to set up.
“[Imsirovis] tends to be one of those kids that works really hard,” Murray said. “He’s probably our best goalscorer.”
Windham Tech started the scoring with a quick goal off a corner kick, however Cassarino’s tally tied the score at 1-1.
Jadiel Lopez put the Mighty Tigers back ahead with a rebound goal off a direct free kick, and then Daniel Miekle made it 3-1 on another head-in strike off a corner kick.
Windham pushed its advantage to 4-1 later in the frame with a marker from Jose Viveros, before Imsirovic cut Goodwin’s deficit to two with a mid-air stinger.
The momentum didn’t last long for the Gladiators as Lynn sent a ball past keeper Dylan Johns inside the box before the break, giving the Mighty Tigers a healthy 5-2 cushion with 40 minutes to play.
Goals from Lynn and Ruben Bonilla made it seven for Windham Tech as it cruised to its third win of the year.
“You’re still trying to teach players how to deal with adversity,” Murray said. “They’re good kids, they play hard, but like anything else, it’s a constant push, it’s a constant fight to get them through the mental game. If you can understand what’s going and if you can fight through it, a lot of the time, you’re going to win the battle.”
Set pieces favored the Mighty Tigers heavily as they scored four of its seven goals off of either corner kicks or free kicks. Goodwin Tech’s defensive coverage wasn’t tight enough against the offensively-gifted opposition and it proved to be costly.
“We allowed people to pass through,” Murray said. “Our defenders allowed those guys to come from behind the line and run right in. If we had bodied them up a little bit, I think we would have been in better shape.”
The Gladiators had won two in a row before its match with Windham Tech, downing Vinal Tech, 6-1, and Cheney Tech, 4-2.
Goodwin Tech will look to get back in the win column when it visits Prince Tech/University on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.