NEW BRITAIN - In a game decided by the offense, Lyle Winiarksi and the Bristol Eastern boys soccer team proved to be too much for New Britain to handle.
Winiarski scored four goals as the Lancers picked up their first win of the season, shutting out the Hurricanes 7-0 Tuesday afternoon.
“We wanted to up the tempo,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bill Sweet said. “We played with higher pressure today because we’ve been giving up goals. But we have some clever forwards and we made use of them today.”
The Lancers scored four goals in the first half. Winiarski scored two, while Jake Woznicki and Drew Dauphinee both netted one themselves.
Overall, Bristol Eastern outshot New Britain 19-6.
“They found spaces and I was really happy with their movement,” Sweet said of his players’ first-half performances. “We moved the ball well and we were on our heels the first two games, and this one we decided to push more on defense, and I think it paid off.”
As the Lancers dominated the play of the game, the Hurricanes struggled to build any kind of momentum.
“We just played like we didn’t want to be on the field, it was like we were forced to be out there,” New Britain goalkeeper Adam Gottner said. “We didn’t play with energy. We just didn’t have the passion for the game today.”
And Bristol Eastern took advantage. Coming out of halftime, the Lancers picked up right where they left off, leaving the Hurricanes with few answers and adding to an already tough afternoon.
Woznicki and Winiarski dominated the second half for the Lancers, combining to scoring a total of three goals. Winiarski scored twice more.
“I think today we played more as a team than we ever have,” Woznicki said. “I think we came together, I don’t think there was anything that we did wrong.”
“We found some openings and seams that we could go up,” Sweet said. “We’d seen New Britain play before and they have some talented players. We just wanted to frustrate them, so we wanted to get the lead early.”
Part of the Hurricanes’ issues Tuesday was injuries. Half of their roster is currently out with different aliments.
“It’s the spot of the game, there’s nothing I can do if the ref isn’t calling it,” New Britain head coach Garth Lawrence said.
The Hurricanes are now 1-2 on the season and one the players are healthy, are looking to start back from the beginning.
“Our game plan is to just start from scratch, start from the basics and build up from there,” Gottner said. “People are losing confidence, but we know that some specific people have to step up and take that responsibility.”
Bristol Eastern, meanwhile, is looking to take this momentum forward after falling to both Plainville (6-3) and Hall (3-0)
“We had a very good preseason with moving the ball, and then we seen the first two games and we just didn’t move it as sharp,” Sweet said. “So we went back to the drawing board. If we get caught in a clump, we wouldn’t be as organized. Here, we wanted to find space on defense and we wanted to get our balance. We also didn’t want to get caught where we’d be isolated too many times with some of their clever players.”
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