HARVARD — For most of the game between the Bromfield and Parker girls soccer teams, the score didn’t match the action. Bromfield controlled the game in every facet, but the Panthers hung tough and trailed only 1-0 through 60 minutes of the game.
But the Lady Trojans finally found their scoring touch over the final 20 minutes, scoring three goals to pull away to a thorough 4-0 win.
“I think we started to get our passing, playmaking and focus in this game,” said Bromfield coach Gary Wenger. “We played girls at different positions and they responded. We were better around the goal in the second half and it was nice to see those three late goals.”
From the opening whistle, the play was almost all in the Parker end of the field, but the Panthers received strong defensive efforts from Jackie Gagnon and Liz Vine to stay within reach.
Bromfield broke the ice at 9:15 when Susannah Wright took a pass from Margaret Kibbler outside the left post and ripped a shot into the net to make it 1-0.
Parker goalkeeper Taylor Emma (11 saves) stopped the final six shots she faced over the remainder of the half to keep the game a one goal affair.
Bromfield’s two best chances to add to the lead came at 31 minutes when Grace Bilodeau fired a shot off the cross bar, and at 36:30 when Kibbler sent a pass to Nikki Snyder, whose left-footed shot was stopped by a diving Emma.
The Panthers had a quality opportunity two minutes into the second half when Elisabeth Hall sent a lead pass to Katie Brew outside the right post, but Bromfield fullback Julia Alexander raced back and broke the play up.
The Bromfield defense did an outstanding job of diffusing Parker chances, paced by the aggressive and energetic play of Molly Papazian. Sweeper Alli Reusch also played with confidence and poise in front of the net.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were played in the middle of the field and Bromfield picked up their first shot on goal 16:30 in when Wright’s 15-yard shot was stopped by Emma.
With the game still in doubt, the Lady Trojans put the game away by scoring on their final three shots of the contest, within a span of ten minutes.
At 20:39, Emma Rothkopf pounced on a loose ball in front of the net and rolled a shot into the goal to make it 2-0.
At 27:29, Katja Lierhaus threaded a perfect pass to Wright in the middle of the field and she buried a shot into the net for her second goal of the game.
Bilodeau capped the scoring in the game at 29:13 when a perfect lead pass by Snyder sent her in one-on-one against Emma, and the junior rolled a shot into the net to make it 4-0.
Bromfield finished off their strong effort in the defensive end by not allowing a shot on goal over the remainder of the game as they evened their season record at 1-1.