MARLBORO — There is an old sports axiom that states “it is difficult to beat a team three straight times in a season.’ That challenge faced the Bromfield field hockey team as it opened post-season play by traveling to meet Assabet Valley, a squad they defeated 3-0 and 3-1 during the regular season.
It was closer this time around, but the Lady Trojans advanced with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
“I would rather play a team we lost to twice during the season,” said Bromfield coach Sue Silver. “We were awful tonight. We played panic ball. We hit the ball and hoped.”
The difference in the game was Ashley Jordan, who scored both goals for the Lady Trojans.
“I told Ashley before the game that she had to score because she made the bus wait,” said Silver. “She came up big for us.”
Led by aggressive offensive play from Anna Wahl and Jordan, Bromfield controlled play over the first ten minutes, getting the first two shots on goal.
The Aztecs started to gain some momentum at the midway point of the half, picking up a pair of quality scoring chances.
At 12:30, Casey Phillips sent a strong cross from right wing that crossed in front of the net as a pair of Assabet Valley players narrowly missing tipping it. Three minutes later, Zac Sanders ripped a hard, 15-yard shot that was stopped by Bromfield goaltender Tory Sowizral.
Sarah Collins, who played a strong two-way game for the Lady Trojans, was instrumental in Bromfield breaking on top at 18:10. She sent a pass to Jordan near the right post and Jordan tapped a shot into the open net to make it 1-0.
With two minutes left in the first half, Sowizral came up big to keep the lead intact, stopping Kailyn Pasquale’s hard shot through a screen of players.
Bromfield took the 1-0 lead to intermission as each team registered four shots on goal over the first 30 minutes.
The Lady Trojans wasted little time extending the lead in the second half as Jordan netted a shot inside the left post just 30 seconds in.
Assabet Valley didn’t quit and climbed back into the game at the nine minute mark when Pasquale scored.
“When we scored to make it 2-0 I thought we were in good shape,” said Silver. “Giving up the goal that allowed them back into the game was disappointing.”
The remaining 21 minutes was Assabet searching for the equalizer, and Bromfield looking for an insurance tally. Bromfield had two great chances to extend the lead that were denied, a point blank shot by Wahl at 10 minutes, and a hard shot from close range by Jordan with seven minutes left in the game.
“We scored the first goal and then backed off,” said Silver. “It’s tough to play a team for the third time but our girls were excited because it was a night game. Jordan Davy played one of her best games of the season for us at midfield.”
Sowizral made six saves in the game for the Lady Trojans.
“I told Tory that I want her to come out of the net more and challenge the opposing forwards,” said Silver. “She did that tonight.”