HARVARD -- The wins keep on coming for head coach Tom Hill and his Bromfield Trojans' boys' soccer team. No. 1 Bromfield breezed past No. 14 Quaboag, 5-0, on a brisk Sunday afternoon at Harvard Park.
The win brings the Trojans one step closer to a rematch with its arch division four nemesis, Sutton, who was the only team to blemish Bromfield's regular season record.
"Once we scored the first goal that was it," Hill said. "They were all very nice goals in the first half, especially. We had a few too many mistakes, I thought we could've played better inside both 18's. They didn't put a lot of pressure on us. I don't think this team has seen a team like us all year."
The Quaboag Cougars were billed as strong defensive team, but the crisp passing of the Bromfield boys negated its strength. Bromfield senior captain Ben L'Ecuyer led the Trojans with two goals and an assist.
For the first 15 minutes of the match, it appeared that Quaboag's plan coming into the match was to confine the play to the midfield. The scheme worked momentarily, but as the half went on Bromfield's chances at net started to accumulate.
L'Ecuyer breached the deadlock in the 21st minute when he received a crisp diagonal through-ball from Adam Lorenz-Kruk. L'Ecuyer squared and screamed the blistering shot into the top-left corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, Mitch Sklar was on the receiving end of a precisely hemmed pass from L'Ecuyer. Sklar crashed the net hard and was rewarded, as he hurdled over Quaboag senior goalkeeper Ethan Lacaire and netted his shot in the empty net.
Senior midfielder Andrew Cullinan showed rock-solid persistence with his goal in the 40th minute as his first shot was steered away by Lacaire. Cullinan showed his grit by gathering the rebound and elevating his shot over the right shoulder of Lacaire to make it 3-0 Bromfield at the intermission.
Hill opted to keep his starters in the match for the first 20 minutes of the second half, and L'Ecuyer was rewarded with his second goal of the fixture in the 44th minute.
L'Ecuyer's initial shot was punched out by Lacaire. The ball took a lucky path towards the forehead of L'Ecuyer and had just enough force behind it to propel past Lacaire to extend the Trojans' cushion to 4-0.
Tom Hill netted the match's final tally in the 76th minute on a defensive lapse by the Quaboag back-line. Bromfield found out at the conclusion of the match that its semifinal opponent will be Keefe Tech.
Keefe Tech defeated Bromfield in the semifinals last year after an apparent goal late in the match was disallowed due to a late offsides ruling by the line official.
"We were worried about them (Quaboag) putting an early goal in and packing it in," the coach said. "Then we would have a difficult time. At each level, we are going to get less-and-less opportunities. I thought it was a well-played win."
Bromfield's semifinal match with Keefe Tech will be played at a yet to be determined date and location. The Keefe Tech Broncos come into the semifinals with a 11-5-2 record after defeating Parker Charter 1-0 in overtime, Sunday afternoon.
Bromfield senior goalkeeper Ryan Kennedy stopped five shots in the shutout for the Trojans.
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