HARVARD -- From day one of practice, long-time Bromfield School field hockey head coach Sue Silver has had Oakmont highlighted on her team's schedule.
It was evident that the Lady Trojans were up to the task when they hosted the Lady Spartans last week. Bromfield left wing Aliza Maki wrapped in two goals to lead her team past state finalist, Oakmont, 3-0.
"We played very well," Silver said. "We were fast and beat them to a lot of balls. Their (Oakmont) stops were very good for being a turf team."
From the opening whistle, Bromfield dictated the tempo of the match. It was evident that Oakmont had underestimated the skill of the Lady Trojans' attack. Bromfield enjoyed a distinct home-field advantage, knowing how to strike the ball on the bumpy field in front of the high school.
Maki got her team on the board 10 minutes into the first half with a strike from the left side. Maki unleashed a wicked blast from the 10-yard line and it deflected off the inside pad of Oakmont goalkeeper Gillian Macchia and trickled in.
Oakmont had a chance in the 12th minute when Josie Dearborn uncorked a shot from the right-side, but Bromfield goalkeeper Emily Hadorn made a kick-save.
Bromfield continued to push the ball into the teeth of the Oakmont defense, led by the play of Nicole West and Jilly Nelson.
Less than a minute later, it was Maki again, this time with a tip-in in front of the Oakmont cage, with the assist credited to senior Gabby Doben, to make it 2-0. Oakmont had a pair of quality chances on goalkeeper Moira Morgan in the second half, but she made some nice saves to keep the Lady Spartans at bay.
With five minutes remaining in the match, the Lady Trojans erased any thought of a late Oakmont comeback. Doben tapped a well-timed pass to junior Colby Newsham to the left of goal. Newsham reared back and thumped the ball inside the right post to put the Lady Spartans away for good.
"Moira Morgan did a great job in goal in the second half," the coach said. "Everyone was able to get some minutes in the game, which was nice. Sarah Rowse and Kathryn Hodskins did a nice job anchoring the defense. Not a lot got to the goalies, especially in the first half."
At the time of publication, Bromfield improved to 5-2-1 overall, while Oakmont continues to search for its first win at 0-7. Bromfield held a 15-9 shot advantage in the match.
The Lady Trojans hit the road today for a 3:30 meeting with Lunenburg.