by Ed Niser firstname.lastname@example.org
Bromfield's girls' soccer team equaled what their male counterparts did to Littleton in the opening round of Districts play. The Lady Trojans downed the visiting Tigers 4-0 at Pond Field Friday afternoon.
"They played well today. Littleton is a good team. Rylee Osgood cranked a couple shots early on, and I think that's what got us going." said Bromfield coach B.J. Pessia.
Bromfield got on the board first with a goal by Lizzie Rooney in the 12th minute off a brilliant cross by Rylee Osgood from the right side.
"Rooney doesn't get enough credit because she is defensive and offensive, said Pessia. "She is amazing, she just controls the ball, and had great touches. She's good."
Bromfield dictated the pace of the game right from the opening whistle with crisp passing. The Lady Trojans were able to control the ball nicely at the midfield and capitalize on set-pieces. Rooney squared up a free-kick from about 22-yards out with 19:00 left in the half. Sophia Turchetta was on the receiving end of the corner from Rooney, and she was unable to cash in, clanging the ball of the crossbar.
Just seven minutes later, Osgood played a slowly paced ball into the 18-yard box from the right flank that found the foot of Moriah Arnold to give the Lady Trojans a 2-nil advantage.
In the 28th minute, Osgood knifed her way through the Lady Tigers' defense, and creamed the ball into the top-left corner of the net from 24-yards out to give Bromfield a 3-0 advantage going into half time.
Bromfield would tack on another goal in the second half for good measure with 8:00 remaining. Rooney let fly a majestic set-piece that found the head of Sarah Duckett for the final tally of 4-0.
"We passed well today, and they kept themselves up if someone messed up," said Pessia. When they all come out to play they're gonna be good."
At the time of publication, the results from Tahanto @ Blackstone Valley were unavailable. Bromfield will travel to Blackstone Valley if they defeat Tahanto. If Tahanto wins, the game will be in Harvard.
Bromfield had 14 shots in the win. The Lady Trojans' goalkeeper tandem of Meghan Fitzsimmons, and Jenn Symula played outstanding combining for 14 saves in the win. Bromfield defeated Littleton earlier in the regular season 1-0. With the win, Bromfield moves to 2-0-1 against the Tigers this season.
Bromfield coach Gary Wenger commented on the plans going into Sunday's Central Mass. Div. 3 second round match. "We will have a light practice tomorrow, (Saturday) and rest up, Said Wenger. "It was an aggressive hard fought game. We'll just keep doing what we've been doing, cause it seems to be working."