EHHS soccer plays strong against Windsor

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Oct. 26, 2012
EHHS goalkeeper Jason Brazolovich throws the ball in during the second half. Photos by Evan Pajer.
EHHS goalkeeper Jason Brazolovich throws the ball in during the second half. Photos by Evan Pajer.

The first time East Hartford High School's varsity boys' soccer team met Windsor this season, EHHS lost 7-1. On Oct. 23, the two teams met again. Although the Hornets were not able to pull off a win in their second meeting either, they played a strong, professional game to the very end.

The first five minutes of the game ticked down with no goals on either side. Although Windsor had a slight edge in ball control, they were seemingly unable to make a shot that went anywhere near East Hartford's goal. The Hornets continued to defend through several ugly situations, including a push to their goal box that lasted for nearly two minutes. East Hartford goalkeeper Jason Brazolovich was in his element, blocking every shot that came near. With five minutes left in the half, Windsor's fans were wondering aloud why their team had not crushed through the Hornets' defense, as they had at their last game. One Windsor parent who was late to the game asked, “Why isn't it 8-0 already?” The half ended scoreless.

The second half began with an offensive push by East Hartford forward Kaleb Desvignes, who was able to effortlessly get the ball through Windsor's defenders. Despite the strong offense, the Hornets could not get an opening for a goal kick, leaving the game scoreless. As the clock continued to tick down with no goals scored, the tension on both teams grew. With just five minutes to go, Windsor's offense gained control of the ball and made an uninterrupted push to East Hartford's goal, where they scored, bringing the game to 1-0 and ending Brazolovich's streak of 11 continuous saves.

Although Desvignes led a push two minutes later and got a near-perfect shot on goal, it was ruled outside. With two minutes to go, coach Brendan Boyd pulled Brazolovich out of the goalkeeper box in a desperate attempt to tie the game, but a punt by Windsor ended the Hornets' chance at a goal, ending the game at 1-0.

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