HARVARD — The Bromfield girls soccer team entered Thursday’s game with Hudson with an unbeaten league record of 7-0-0. Second-place Hudson was 6-1-0 and the formula was simple, the Hawks needed a win to tie for a league title with the Lady Trojans.
That’s exactly what they got as they edged Bromfield 1-0 in a hard-fought, well-played game that was played through a persistent drizzle.
“I’m very pleased with the way we played today,” said Bromfield coach Gary Wenger. “Both teams came out and played hard. We would have liked to win the league outright, but getting a share of the league title is satisfying.”
The difference in the game proved to be a goal by Hudson’s Gabi Parsons at 13 minutes of the first half. Parsons took a pass from Laura Bowen on right wing, made a strong run and slid a shot into the goal past onrushing Bromfield goaltender Lindsey Burke.
Bromfield played well in the contest, owning a 10-6 edge in shots on goal. After Hudson took the lead, the Lady Trojans mounted some strong offensive pressure in the late stages of the first half, keyed by the play of Anni Lierhaus, Elise Bilodeau, Hillary Lewis and Maddie Darden.
The Lady Trojans two best chances came late in the half.
At 26 minutes, Maddie Darden ripped a skidding, one-hop shot from left wing that was stopped by Hudson goaltender Maire Joyce.
Two minutes later, Lierhaus’ hard shot from right wing was stopped by the Hudson netminder.
Bromfield received strong defensive play from Nikki Jordan, Henley Siegrist and Robin Neschke, who were confident in their own end and made solid decisions in the wet conditions.
The Lady Trojans threatened a minute into the second half, but Joyce snagged Marissa Dickson’s testing shot at the post.
Bromfield got solid play in the defensive end by Kelly Thurston and hustling and aggressive play up front from Grace Bilodeau. Seven minutes in, Bilodeau chased down a chip into the right corner by Siegrist and sliced in toward the net, but Joyce charged out of her net to stuff the shot.
At the 16 minute mark, Bilodeau outfought a pair of Hudson defenders to gain possession of the ball, but her shot sailed into the side of the net.
With 11 minutes left in the game, Jordan made a key defensive play to keep the Lady Trojans within striking distance, blocking a Hudson shot that was destined for the net.
Bromfield worked hard for the equalizer, but the Hawks did a sensational job over the final five minutes of maintaining possession and not allowing any threats.
The victory improved Hudson to 8-5-0 overall, while the Lady Trojans are now 8-4-1.
Joyce made ten saves in the game while Burke stopped five shots for Bromfield.