MIDDLETOWN >> The Windsor Warriors are winless no more.
Windsor came to Middletown Tuesday with an 0-5 record and had been outscored 18-6. But the Warriors dominated a listless Middletown for the first 65 minutes, built up a three-goal lead and cruised to a 4-1 Central Connecticut Conference inter-divisional boys soccer win at Rosek-Skubel Stadium.
“Inconsistent would be the word to describe us,” Middletown coach Jon Harder said. “We’ve given up a goal in the first six or seven minutes of every game this year. When you spot a team a 2-0 lead, then give up a penalty kick, you can’t come back.
“We need to work on starting in practice. It’s so hard when you get down so quickly. Windsor gave us things to work on.”
Going in, this had to be a game Middletown figured to win.
“We talked about that and we talked about how winless teams can be dangerous,” Harder said. “We took it for granted. When you come out asleep, you pay the price.”
The Dragons paid the price early as Jordan Koduah kicked one past Blue Dragons sophomore keeper Connor Vogel from 15 yards to the right of the goal just six minutes, eight seconds into the match.
The Warriors made it 2-0 when a shot caromed off keeper Vogel to Chris Clark, who found the back of the net from point-blank range in the 11th minute.
Middletown had an apparent goal from Jeff Turro waved off because of an offside call four minutes later, and Windsor took a 2-0 lead at the half. The Warriors had a 6-4 shot advantage at the break — although none of the Blue Dragons’ shots had any real chance of going in — and Windsor keeper Josh Simons was called on to make just one easy save.
Windsor put the game away when Koduah nailed a penalty kick with 25:19 left in the game.
Middletown (1-3-2) got a goal on a direct kick from Ethan Goodhue with 15:28 left in the game, but that was offset by an own goal with 3:16 remaining.
Harder sat two Middletown starters for the first 10 minutes of the match.
“They sat because of a violation of team rules,” Harder said. “In 21 games into my career here [Harder came from Cromwell where he won state championships] and I still haven’t started the same lineup for two games in a row.
“We need to get a solid core of kids to be great for a game, never mind wins or losses. Our kids have to be committed. Once that happens, we will scare teams.”
Middletown dominated for most of the final 15 minutes and missed a good opportunity with 12 minutes left when Simons made a terrific save. But it was the proverbial too little, too late.
Windsor finished with a 13-9 shot advantage. Vogel had five saves while Simons had two. Vincent Gritzuk was the Blue Dragons keeper for the final 10 minutes and did not record a save.