HARVARD — When the Bromfield and Hudson boys soccer teams used to tangle, fast-paced and exciting games were the rule. But Monday’s 5-0 Bromfield win was anything but over a Hudson team that is clearly in the rebuilding stage.
Bromfield didn’t exhibit their “A” game, but took advantage of what Hudson gave them. The Hudson defenders allowed the Trojans to work with space in both midfield and in the offensive end, and it was just a matter of time before the game blew open.
Bromfield came out flat, so flat that Bromfield coach Tom Hill called a timeout just six minutes in to address his troops.
“That is as early a timeout as I have ever called,” said Hill, who has roamed the Bromfield sidelines for three decades. “We weren’t moving and we had no passion.”
Before the timeout the Trojans had a golden opportunity to grab the lead when Brian Morgan rung a shot off the cross bar. The rebound bounced to Ian Rothkopf, who fired a shot over the cross bar.
Hudson had two of the first three shots on goal in the game, but Bromfield tightened up defensively and gained an advantage in play as the first half wore on. The game was still scoreless 16 minutes in when the Trojans put together their best scoring opportunity, Ian Rothkopf slicing towards the goal and deflecting Ben Brown’s perfect cross off the cross bar.
Brown, who provided a lift at outside right halfback, put the Trojans on the board at 23 minutes, ripping a hard shot off Hudson’s goaltender Ryan Bartelloni’s hands and inside the right post to make it 1-0.
John Rayla played aggressive defense for the Trojans, who didn’t allow Hudson a shot on goal over the final 30 minutes of the half. With just a minute left until intermission, Greg Wenger added to the lead when he one-timed a shot from outside the left post after Brian Morgan had set the play up with a well-placed cross.
Bromfield took the 2-0 lead to halftime, holding a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.
“We played a lacklustre first half and just went through the motions,” said Hill. “We were coming off our best effort of the season against Nashoba, but we have been inconsistent from half to half and from game to game.”
Hudson offered little resistance in the second half as Bromfield had 12 of the 16 shots on goals, including the only three to go into the net.
At the 11 minute mark, Billy Nussdorfer beat a Hudson defender, settled the ball and blasted a low shot into the net to make it 3-0.
A minute later, Josh Lyvers sent a perfect cross from left wing to Ian Rothkopf, who found the net with a header to make it 4-0.
At 16 minutes, Rothkopf finished off the scoring with his second goal of the game, taking a pass all alone in front from Mike Ryan and netting a short shot.
“We played a little better in the second half, but this effort won’t get it done on Wednesday against Sutton,” said Hill. “John Rayla did a nice job defensively for us and headed the ball very well. We scored five goals in the game but some of the goals were weak.”
Bromfield goaltenders Toby Frost (two saves) and Drew Tracey (four saves) combined for the shutout.