HARVARD - Tyngsboro (3-0-1) started its offensive attack fast and furious. The Lady Tigers wasted no time as they hammered home a pair of goals in the first minute of play.
However, Tyngsboro's quick start did not demoralize the youthful Bromfield side. The Lady Trojans answered with a couple of goals of its own to level the score at 2-2, but that would be as close as they would get.
Bromfield dropped its second game of the season, 4-3, Monday afternoon at Harvard Park.
"The seniors, instead of passing the ball to the other kids, they get panicky and want to take it on themselves," Bromfield head coach B.J. Pessia said. "It is tough. It was kind of a defensive lapse right in the beginning, as she (Jenna Durkin of Tyngsboro) kicked it right over the goalie's head."
Jenna Durkin hammered home the game's first goal 29 seconds in. Durkin went in on a breakaway down the left sideline and chipped the ball over the head of Bromfield senior goalkeeper Jenn Symula, to make it 1-0.
The Lady Tigers didn't waste much time before they scored their next goal. Freshman striker Olivia Notini gathered a pass from Durkin and dribbled from right to left, before burying her shot in the low-right pocket of the net. Tyngsboro led 2-0 just one minute into the match, but the Lady Trojans were not deterred. Senior captain Rylee Osgood threaded the needle to sophomore forward Emma Grant in the fourth minute. Catalina dribbled her way into the box and lifted a chip-shot that kissed under the crossbar to bring the Lady Trojans back to within one.
"I played Sofia Catalina at forward and midfield," Pessia said. " I have players who play everywhere. I can put kids in anywhere. They don't look at you and say 'I don't play that position, which is what you want."
Tyngsboro senior captain Maddie Vigneault struck a low-lying shot from the left side of the pitch past Symula to put the Lady Tigers back out in front, 3-2.
Bromfield would equalize again this time on a goal from freshman Sarah Doben. Doben, a late call-up from JV due to an injury, made an immediate impact. Doben blazed down the middle of the pitch on a breakaway and beat Morin to knot the game at 3-3.
Tyngsboro took back the lead in the with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Senior midfielder Taylor Morash drove in hard on a corner kick and Meghanne Fitzsimmons made the initial save.
Morash would not be denied as she kept fighting and eventually snuck the ball past Fitzsimmons for the eventual game winner.
In the second half both teams locked down defensively. Senior midfielder Reiny Foster had a pair of quality runs at goal, but she opted not to pass. Foster was gobbled up by the defense of back, Devon Milligan.
Late in the match, Tyngsboro continued to put pressure on the Lady Trojans' defense. Senior midfielder Dani Morin connected on a hard shot, but Fitzsimmons climbed the ladder and punched the ball over the crossbar. Tyngsboro out-shot the Lady Trojans 13-10 in the match. Bromfield had just one corner kick, while the Lady Tigers had six.
Bromfield travels to Littleton Monday to take on the Lady Tigers at 3:30 p.m. With Monday's loss, the Lady Trojans drop to 1-1-1 on the young season.
We need to get back to the basics," she said. "We just got panicky and started going down the middle. Nothing big, just back to the basics. We are just inexperienced and young. The older kids aren't communicating well with the younger kids. The younger kids get the ball, and they just panic."