HARVARD -- It was a tale of two halves for the Bromfield girls' soccer team, as they played to a 2-2 draw with the Tyngsboro Lions Monday afternoon at Harvard Park.
"We had a few let downs that changed the tempo of the game. A miss here and there that you expected to get, the next minute they're down your end," said coach Gary Wenger about the pace of Monday's game.
The Trojans scored both goals in the first half from Rylee Osgood and Alyssa Johnson. In the first half, Bromfield was dictating the tempo of the match, pushing the ball into their offensive third frequently. The Trojans record now stands at 4-1-2 in the Mid Wach C Conference and 7-2-3.
Bromfield freshman Sophia Turchetta lit up the score-sheet with four shots in the first half. One of her shots nearly sailed into the net in the fifth minute, but missed wide left. Johnson had a nifty shot from about 14 yards out that curled just over the cross bar with 34:00 left in the first half. Megan Caron came down the pitch for the Lions and unleashed a rocket of a shot right into the mitts of senior Bromfield goalkeeper Jen Symula.
Tyngsboro kept Symula and the rest of the Trojans' defense under pressure for the ensuing five minutes as Caron and Hanna Salamon ripped shots in the direction of the Trojans' goal. Salamon's shot came in from the left side on a low-lying curve, missing wide right.
Osgood broke the stalemate in the 19th minute on a low-lying shot to the right side of the net,
Corner kicks are an art in the game of soccer, and Bromfield forward Lizzie Rooney showcased her skills Monday. Rooney connected with Alyssa Johnson in the 19th minute. Johnson knocked home the corner kick from the left side to give the Trojans' a 2-0 advantage. Morin hauled in the shot, but when she went to pull it into her body, the ball just went over the goal line while in her hands.
Tyngsboro striker Amanda Hogan struck a worm-burner of a shot from the inside of the 18 yard box that just missed the inside of the post and went out of play for a goal kick with five minutes left in the first half. Hogan's strike was the closest chance the Lions had in the first frame. Hogan came back down the pitch less than two minutes later and scored. She sidestepped the Bromfield defender and chipped the ball in from five yards out to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 3:39 remaining in the half.
Bromfield rang off eight shots in the first half, six of which were on net. Morin settled in nicely after allowing the two first-half goals.
Tyngsboro did a great job sustaining pressure in the Bromfield defensive third in the second half. The Lions appeared to be bringing more players forward, trying desperately to send home the tying goal.
Their effort would pay off with 10 minutes remaining in the match as Amanda Wickens cleaned up the garbage in front of the goal and struck the ball into the mesh to equalize at 2-2. Bromfield began to play more players. trying to reclaim the goal late, but it was too little too late.
"We had great play from our younger players today. Sophia Catalina can play any position we put her in at 100 percent," said coach B.J. Pessia. "We are getting bits and pieces. When we get it all together, look out."