HARVARD -- Monday's Mid-Wach D clash between Bromfield and Maynard at Harvard Park had all the makings of a postseason showdown. Last season, the two teams met in the quarterfinals of the Central Mass. District playoffs and tied 1-1, before Roman Vellante netted the game-clinching penalty kick.
Monday's match was a defensive stalemate for the first 65 minutes. Bromfield junior forward Adam Lorenz-Kruk knocked down the door with the game-winning goal with 15 minutes remaining in the match, as the Trojans downed Maynard 2-0.
Bromfield out-shot the Tigers 7-1 in the first half, and 14-2 for the game.
"In the first half, I don't know if we were just trying to feel them out or what," Bromfield head coach Tom Hill said. "We had scrimmaged them, so we knew what they would do. We shouldn't have been surprised. We created some chances in the first half, but we didn't create a whole lot."
But in the second half, momentum swayed in favor of the hosts. Senior captains Ezra Kraus and Ben L'Ecuyer spearheaded the Trojans' offensive attack.
"In the second half we created a ton of chances," Hill said. "I thought around the last 50 minutes we just pulverized them. They were lucky to escape with a 2-0 loss."
The Tigers' defense anchored by senior goalkeeper Ryan Fowler did a solid job keeping the potent Trojans' attack in check.
Kraus and L'Ecuyer narrowly connected on an early goal in the sixth minute.
Twelve minutes later, it was Kraus with a flick on goal, but Fowler, yet again, came up big with a diving save to preserve the shutout. Maynard continued to put the pressure on Bromfield's offensive surges. Bromfield had a golden opportunity go by the boards late in the half when L'Ecuyer rocketed a shot off the right shin of Fowler.
Kraus came in to clean up the rebound, but Fowler made a heads-up play to secure the ball and punt it down field.
Bromfield senior goalkeeper Ryan Kennedy faced just one shot in the second half as his defense, led by Matt Olejarz, helped keep his jersey clean.
The Trojans kept their foot on the accelerator as the second half waged on.
Bromfield was rewarded with a goal from Lorenz-Kruk with 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Lorenz-Kruk was on the receiving end of a low-lying cross from Kraus. Lorenz-Kruk knuckled the ball past the outstretched hands of Fowler to make it 1-0.
Less than two minutes later, Kraus tallied an unassisted gem to put the game well out of reach. Kraus cut the ball across the middle of the field, pivoted to his left and kissed the ball off the left post and cross bar, before it gently landed on the goal line.
"It was nice that we pounded them," Hill said. "We certainly have better depth. I thought this was a very good second half. Groton is one of the top three teams we are going to play all year. We have them on Saturday.
"We just can't screw around. Fortunately, we have several guys who can score. Our defense really played well. We could easily play those guys (Maynard) again."