The New Britain boys soccer team felt defeated after their matchup against Bristol Eastern on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hurricanes were shut out by the Lancers 7-0.
New Britain’s game plan for Tuesday was to go in and play with heart, New Britain head coach Garth Lawrence said.
“We couldn’t show that, so we got the loss and they were the better team,” he said.
There was a lack of drive on the pitch for New Britain.
“We just played like we didn’t want to be on the field. It was like we were forced to be out on the field,” goalkeeper Adam Gottner said. “We didn’t play with energy, we just didn’t have the passion for the game today.”
Whether it’s a minor or major injury, they happen. It is one of the things in sports that are almost expected.
With half the roster out due to injury, the Hurricanes were unable to perform to their true ability.
“There were lots of injuries,”Lawrence said. “It’s [part] of the game. There’s nothing I can do if the ref isn’t calling it.”
New Britain had a lot of backup players taking on a bigger responsibility as the veterans were injured.
“They have to step up,” Lawrence said. “It’s not an excuse but we just have to do better next game.”
The Hurricanes have to work on getting their players back to full health before they take their next step.
“We just have to work on getting guys healthy,” Lawrence said. “Half my team is out injured.”
The Hurricanes are now 1-3 on the season and are looking to improve.
“The first couple games we kept our heads high no matter what,” Gottner said. “But now people are starting lose confidence.”
Once the players are healthy, New Britain is going back to 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.”
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