By Derek Blanchette


At the start of the 2007 soccer season, the Bromfield boys’ soccer team was on the short list of contenders for a state title. Their depth, skill, senior leadership and drive were listed as reasons why they would be in the hunt. Little did anyone in Harvard know that the same would eventually be said about the Lady Trojans as well.

Last Tuesday night, both Bromfield teams made the trek to Foley Stadium, but it might as well have been a home game. Familiar chants of Hoo-Rah, a dancing Trojan and a sea of blue and white welcomed the visiting Lee girls and Easthampton boys to what would be a long night for both of them.

For the boys and coach Tom Hill, the state semifinal stage is a familiar one as 16 appearances would show. On the other hand, the girls and coach Gary Wegner, they were newbies to the scene, having captured their first District title three days prior. But both would perform as to their highest of levels, continuing their journey together.

The Lady Trojans got things rolling in the right direction. In the opener of the Bromfield Invitational, the Lady Trojans looked the part of the better team, attacking Lee from the opening whistle. Getting first half goals from Maddie Darden and Elise Bilodeau within a minute of each other before getting the clincher Ellery Yahia late in the second half to take down the Western Mass Champion Wildcats.

It was old hat for the boys. After sweeping through Central Mass. and outscoring opponents 21-0, the Trojans continued their dominance. Josh Lyvers broke the ice and Greg Wegner and Scott Nussdorfer put the game away as Bromfield dismantled Easthampton, the best the West had to offer.

Quite simply, it was as solid a night of soccer that any school has had in recent memory. A trip by any school’s soccer team to a state semi-final is reason to celebrate, but when two make it is reason to boast. To put this all in perspective, Bromfield is having the greatest fall season in the history of this area and possibly the state of Massachusetts. That statement would be true just because of the soccer teams, but throw in the fact that both cross country teams are in the State finals and the field hockey team claimed a league title and it is easy to see that the 2007 fall season is magical.

What stands out in all of this is that Bromfield has done it with homegrown products and coaches who honestly care. In a day of age where winning has become everything, the Trojans and their athletic program is a throwback to preparing kids for bigger and better things. While winning is important, it is not the only thing as honor rolls are littered with athletes names and the walls are full of sportsmanship banners.

Bromfield is the model for which all schools should follow. They are a community of people who have shown that hard work, dedication and desire can pay off in the end. Unfortunately, being a small school in Central Mass. has buried them from the eyes of the East and the statewide recognition that they rightly deserve. But with a weekend in which four Trojan squads will be competing for State titles, those eyes will notice the blue and white lettering that spells Bromfield across those athletes chests. Hoo-Rah.