MIDDLETOWN >>Undefeated Plainville beat Middletown 2-0 in a Central Connecticut Conference South Division game played at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at MHS, despite being outshot 16-7.
“We just couldn’t finish,” said coach Sal Emanuele. “We had our opportunities, but we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
Middletown (1-2) dominated in the first half — and trailed 2-0.
“They converted their opportunities,” said Emanuele. “We didn’t.”
The Blue Dragons made life tough on themselves as they gave up a goal in the first two minutes. On Plainville’s first opportunity, the Blue Devils scored.
“To go down 1-0 in the first two minutes makes things more difficult. We made it a point to try and control their all-state player Shane Pugliese,” said Emanuele. “But he was the catalyst for their first goal.”
Juan Torres got the goal, with Pugliese getting the assist. While Middletown continued to dominate play — goalkeeper Chris Rodo was called on to make just six saves all night — Plainville got another goal with 1:45 left in the first half when Nick D’Amato scored.
Middletown went to more of an attack mode in the second half and had some great chances. With 22 minutes left to play, the Blue Dragons had a clean shot that hit the crossbar from in close and with the ball loose in front, MHS’ rebound shot was just wide.
“That was a great chance, but we got unlucky and hit the post,” said Emanuele.
Emanuele returned to his club’s tough time in finishing chances.
“That’s what it comes down to: finishing,” he said. “We have worked on it in practice and we’ll continue to do that. It’s been a theme the past couple of games, but we’ll work on that. I look forward to playing them again.
Plainville (3-0) goalkeeper Alex Bawol was outstanding in goal, making 14 saves in picking up the shutout win.
“Plainville has a very good side and they have a chanced to do well in the playoffs,” said Emanuele. “But we had several good chances.”
Middletown is home with Maloney of Meriden Wednesday at 7 at Rosek-Skubel Stadium,.