NEW BRITAIN - Windsor's Justin Dawkins scored twice in the first half to give Windsor a lead that New Britain was chasing through the last 46 minutes of play Monday night in a 6-2 final.
Dawkins first score came in the 13th minute of play to break the scoreless tie. Less than a minute later New Britain answered in kind, getting a score off the foot of Giovanny Peart to even it up.
Dawkins again found twine nearly 20 minutes later, scoring in the 34th minute by capitalizing on a 1-on-1 opportunity.
Windsor's desire to feed the big, physical midfielder was something New Britain adjusted to at halftime, but with defenders out it made things hard on the Golden Hurricanes' back line. Quickly, the last line of defense got fatigued.
"The guys just have to play smart and play with him," said New Britain head coach Garth Lawrence. "I think next game we'll be fine. We're missing some defenders that's out, so hopefully we'll have them back next game to help fix that problem."
The physical style of play was reciprocated on both sides of the ball, with Lawrence saying the goal was be physical back at the Warriors while trying to avoid committing fouls on both ends of the field.
"I tried to tell them to smart and play physical, but don't commit stupid fouls. (Windsor) just played better today," said Lawrence.
Coming out of the second half, Will Stillman extended the lead at the 45 minute mark to give the Warriors some insurance to make it 3-1. Dawkins again found the net at the 47 minute mark, followed by Mason Doshi in the 72nd minute and Ryan Stallman in the 80th minute.
A penalty inside the box allowed New Britain to take a penalty kick, which Cam Naples capitalized on in the 74th minute. Naples also had the assist on Peart's goal.
Taking what worked well New Britain's 9-1 victory over Hartford Public last Friday was the goal, said Lawrence. The Golden Hurricanes had an efficient offense in the win, but signs of the efficiency weren't there Monday night with eight shots on goal.
"I was trying to take the opening of the field, passing the ball with more communication [into this game]," said Lawrence. "They just played more physical on us today and they got the better of us."
The Golden Hurricanes finished with eight saves from goalkeeper Max Szczepanik and three corner kicks. Peart and Nick Kolc had three shots on goal each while Naples had two on goal.