HARVARD — The Bromfield field hockey team used the simplest of formulas to roll to a 2-0 win over Maynard.
The Lady Trojans built a first half lead and protected it with the zeal of a junk yard dog, allowing Maynard just one shot on goal in the game. They controlled midfield, keyed by the efforts of Casey Silver and Sam Leahy, and received a strong effort from their defense, led by Elise Fleming, Annika Mitchell and Molly Seavy.
“We passed very well today,” said Bromfield coach Sue Silver. “We came out strong and took control of the game. We built a halftime lead and it allowed us to do some experimenting in the second half. The girls were willing to try something new.”
Forward Sarah Mott displayed some strong defensive skills in the early going, intercepting Maynard clearing passes to keep the Tigers pinned in their own end.
Silver did an outstanding job of controlling the middle of the field and getting the Bromfield transition game into gear. Bromfield’s first quality scoring chance came 4:30 in when Hillary Rowse fired a hard shot through a screen of players that was stopped by Maynard goaltender Melissa Chiasson.
At the 11 minute mark, Rowse sent a pass to Georgia Gunner, whose 10-yard shot was stopped by Chiasson.
Maynard failed to get a shot on goal in the first half, but the Tigers had one excellent scoring opportunity denied by an outstanding defensive play. Danielle Fairweather flashed her great speed on a run up the middle of the field, but Mitchell broke the play up before she was able to get a shot on goal.
Bromfield broke through at 16:12 to take the lead when Leahy fired a hard shot that was blocked by the Maynard defense, but Gunner poked a rebound into the net to make it 1-0.
The Lady Trojans doubled the lead four minutes later when Franny Minervini picked up the ball outside the right post and fired a 15 yard shot inside the post.
Bromfield continued to pressure and narrowly missed adding to the lead with 30 second left in the half when Lauren Andrews made a strong run and passed to Anna Wahl, whose shot was just wide.
The second half featured much play in the middle of the field as there were only three shots on goal in the final 30 minutes, two by Bromfield.
Bromfield goaltender Kylie Gordon made her only save of the game midway through the half, stopping Cori Sullivan’s hard turnaround shot.
Bromfield’s best chance to add to the lead in the second half came with five minutes left when Wahl sent a well-placed cross to Fleming, whose hard one-timer was stopped by Chiasson.
“Sarah Collins came up from the junior varsity team and played well,” said Silver. “Casey Silver and Sam Leahy played strong games at midfield while Elise Fleming was solid defensively.”
The Lady Trojans improved to 8-1-4 with the win.