By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – There was little doubt this season that the Plainville boys soccer team was going to have another special campaign.
It didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to go 5-0 on the campaign, go into a bit of a slump midway through things, before finally turning it on late to end the regular season on a high note.
And while the Blue Devils didn’t rope in a CCC South Championship, another solid season of top caliber football was displayed by all.
When you can notch 10 wins in a tough CCC South slate of games, your program should be commended for a season well done.
But with its most recent success, Plainville isn’t looking for a pat on the back.
It’s looking for a long run in postseason play in the Class M bracket.
And off a so-so middle of the season, the Blue Devils have regained its form as of late just in time for the playoffs.
“We’re on a roll now,” said Plainville coach Tim Brown. “We’re scoring some goals and we’re winning against some good teams.”
That improved play started with a 2-2 tie against Middletown on Wednesday, Oct. 9, which broke a three game losing streak and a stretch of four defeats in five matches.
But the tie against the Blue Dragons was certainly a push in the right direction.
“They’re a good, strong solid team,” said Brown of Middletown.
That was followed by a quality win over playoff bound Bristol Eastern (4-0), a triumph over Platt (1-0), a big time victory over Bristol Central (1-0), and a sweep over Bulkeley (6-0).
The victory over Bristol Central “was a battle, but we came up on top,” Brown said, and helped avenge a 5-1 home loss to the Rams on Sept. 24.
The only drawback occurred this past Wednesday as the Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision in overtime at Berlin.
But it’s all coming together for the Blue Devils on the doorstep of state tournament play.
“I’m very happy with our performances,” said Brown. “It’s where we want to be this time of year going into the tournament.”
And it’s a credit to Plainville’s defense as well as the Blue Devils didn’t give up a goal during that stretch and throughout the entire month of October that same defense has given up just eight goals in eight games.
That means keeper Alex Bawol and his crew are getting the job done in the backfield.
And that defense – giving up one goal instead of two during a state tourney game – could mean the difference between victory and defeat.
“We’re solid in the back,” said Brown of his defense. “We’re confident in the back. We’ve got some belief and that’s the foundation for a team. You can’t let goals in. Tournament games, typically, are close and one goal differences (can cost you the game).”
“I ‘m very happy that part of our game is coming together and it’s where I want it to be.”