HOLDEN — There are some things that never get old.
At Bromfield, the boys winning Central Mass. Division 3 championships would qualify.
The Trojans captured the fourth Central Mass. title in five seasons, and the 17th in coach Tom Hill’s career with a tougher-than-expected 2-0 win over Maynard.
Maynard, which dropped an 8-0 decision in last year’s finals, came out playing physical and aggressive soccer. The Tigers picked up numerous fouls, but hung in the game longer than most expected.
But Brandon Tomm’s first-half goal gave the Trojans the lead, and senior captain Sam Peisch sealed the deal with a second half tally, moving Bromfield into a State semi-final match against Monson.
“Maynard was very physical and played well,” said Hill. “We played the three toughest teams to win this and we could never let up. This wasn’t one of our better games, but Caleb (Frost) made a great early save and we played much better in the second half.”
Maynard controlled play early, getting the better scoring chances. Frost (seven saves) came up big three minutes in, denying Dennis Kapsimalis from point blank range, after Mike Fowler sent him in alone with a perfect lead pass.
The Tigers pressured, getting strong offense from Kapsilmalis, Fowler and Joe Viscariello, but the Trojans persevered and took the lead at 26:31. Scott Nussdorfer threaded a pass to Tomm, who rolled a shot into the net past onrushing Maynard goaltender Kevin Hickey (16 saves).
Bromfield totally carried play after intermission, getting all 11 shots on goal, but Hickey kept the Tigers in striking distance until Peisch created some breathing room. Nussdorfer again set the play up with a well-placed pass to the right post and Peisch headed the ball past Hickey to make it 2-0.
Maynard’s best scoring chance in the final minutes was denied when Kapsimalis took a pass from Fowler, but Bromfield stopper Connor Davy blocked the dangerous shot.
“Our defense has been playing well and came up big again today,” said Hill.