by Ed Niser firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 7 seeded Bromfield Trojans took to their home pitch against Litteton in the opening round of the Central Mass. District Tournament Friday, and easily dispatched the Tigers 4-0. The first 15 minutes of the match both teams appeared to be jockeying for control of the tempo. Bromfield grew a bit tired of the pace, and put the Tigers' goalkeeper Josh Balboni in the pressure cooker. The Trojans' Ezra Kraus rippled the mesh unassisted from inside 18-yard box past Balboni to give Bromfield a 1-nil advantage in the 15th minute.
" We started off slow in the first 15 minutes. After about 15 minutes ,we took over the game. We controlled the ball, and kept on pounding the ball into the box," Said Bromfield head coach Tom Hill. "We really used our skills and finished nicely."
The Trojans out-shot the Tigers 18-6 in the game. Bromfield keeper Ryan Kennedy got the clean sheet with six-saves.
Bromfield would continue to suffocate the Tigers' defense in their offensive-third getting chance, after chance on net. The Trojans would cash in again with 16-minutes left in the half. This time it was off of a corner kick lofted in by Lucas Hickock that found the forehead of Ben L'Ecuyer to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans kept pushing the pace in the first half, and they were able to squeak out another goal before the halftime whistle sounded. Senior forward Dylan Osgood dribbled his way into the 18-yard box and fired at goal, as the keeper was off his line to give the Trojans a 3-0 lead going into the half.
Bromfield settled in with the game well within their grasps, and tacked on one more goal for good measure by Mark Scheweigerhausen from James Kellogg with 32:00 left in the game. Schweigerhausem has been on the Trojans junior varsity club this season.
Next up for the Trojans is the No. 2 seeded Maynard on Sunday at 5 p.m. Bromfield being the lower seed will have to go to Maynard. The Trojans played to a 1-1 draw with the Tigers on the road at Maynard back on Oct. 12. Osgood scored on a penalty kick in the second half to equalize.
Hill gave his thoughts on the match upcoming Sunday. "We tied them once during the year. They have a much better record than we do, but they haven't played as tough a schedule as us. Said Hill. " We can't make defensive mistakes, if they get up 1-0, we're gonna be in trouble. We have to win it in regulation."