HARVARD -- Rylee Osgood and the Trojans girls' soccer team charged back following a less than stellar first half to a 3-3 draw with the Hopedale Blue Raiders. Osgood scored all three goals, netting her second hat-trick this season.
The Blue Raiders had a few quality shots on net in the early part of the first half. Jessica Messier lofted a shot towards the left side of the goal and Meghanne Fitzsimmons corralled the ball with 36:00 left in the first half. Hopedale continued to push the tempo, forcing the Trojans defense to retreat. The Blue Raiders passed the ball crisply up and down the pitch for most of the first half.
The Trojans were only able to register two shots on goal in the first half. Senior Blue Raider defender Julia McDermott wound up from about 20 yards out and lofted the ball just over the crossbar.
Hopedale got on the board first off a goal by senior captain Lauren Kapatoes with 6:00 left in the first half. The Bromfield defense thought Kapatoes was offside, but the goal stood up and the Blue Raiders took the early 1-0 lead.
Osgood blazed a shot towards the net in the 30th minute for the Trojans' but it missed wide right. Bromfield, although being outplayed for the better part of the first half, were not deterred. Osgood beat Hopedale goalkeeper Samantha Holmes high on the left side to equalize in the 31st minute, 1-1.
A few plays later, Kapatoes reclaimed the lead for the Blue Raiders. The ball had perfect pace as it was
Junior midfielder Leah Wilson upped the Blue Raiders' lead to two goals when she sent a lazer into the back of the net past diving goalkeeper Jenn Symula.
Osgood caught fire from then on out, with opportunities on net being created by the strong play at the midfield by junior forward Reiny Foster. Osgood broke free with about 13 minutes remaining in the match, slicing alone towards the keeper. She put it past Holmes, cutting the Blue Raiders lead to just one, at 3-2.
Emma Grant would set up the final goal of Osgood's hat-trick when she bombed a ball in from about 22 yards that was deflected by the keeper. Osgood saw the ball sitting out in front of the net with no one else around and she dumped it into the onion bag, knotting the game at 3-3, where it would finish.
The Bromfield Trojans finished with just seven shots in the game, four of which came from Osgood. Fitzsimmons made nine saves in her 45 minutes of work Friday. Symula took over in the second half and stopped six Blue Raiders' shot attempts.
"Hopedale is a good team. They are 100 percent all over the field. It took us a while to get up to speed. I am really proud of the way the girls did not give up. They elevated their game and they played a great last quarter of the game," said Coach Gary Wenger.