Suffield boys soccer beats rival Windsor Locks

WINDSOR LOCKS — In a battle of the NCCC’s best boys soccer teams, Suffield’s Sean Sullivan lifted the Wildcats over Windsor Locks, 3-1, thanks to a hat trick Monday afternoon.

“We have to give it to Locks. They played a great game,” Sullivan said. “Every time you beat one [guy] you turn and there’s another one. We had trouble handling that. When we finally settled down we came together as a team and scored.”

The early going lacked many scoring opportunities, and by the time Sullivan was able to punch in the go-ahead goal on a pass from Nick Delvaglio, there was just 10 minutes left in the first half.

“We try to possess we try and keep it moving going up top,” Suffield head coach Mark Beigel said. “We did something we hadn’t done before which is to swing it back to the outside back on the weak side. Sean didn’t score on the the prettiest of well set up goals but he was able to score.”

After the break, Sullivan scored a goal almost as pleasing to the eye as it was important to the game. Off a corner kick at the 57 minute mark, Josh Stack set up Sullivan for a header that found nothing but net.

“It was a great pass by Josh,” Sullivan said. “We’re a team, you can’t do it without the pass.”

But just two minutes later, the momentum shifted. Set up by Mariusz Maciorowski, Alex Bouchard scored for Windsor Locks to cut the deficit to one.

Just under seven minutes later, it seemed the Windsor Locks momentum literally hit a wall. A corner kick found the foot of Kenan Omerbasic, and the possible tying shot hit the crossbar and went out of bounds.

“We almost had a goal,” Windsor Locks head coach Daniel Eckert said. “It could have been tied and we could have had another one. We had a push through and missed a kick. It’s a game of inches. The better team won but Windsor Locks did a good job of proving they belong in this division. I think we could surprise people.”

The next goal put it away, with Sullivan completing his trifecta on an assist from Matthew Guminiak.

“It was actually a very big goal,” Sullivan, the Wildcats’ senior captain, said. “They were coming back they had momentum. It was important to get the momentum back in our direction.”

In net, Windsor Locks’ Zack Weigert split time with Jon Dodge, each man saving four shots.

Suffield’s Ben Woodhouse had two key saves for the Wildcats.

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