LITTLETON — Veteran Bromfield field hockey coach Sue Silver was leery about her team’s opening game, at Littleton against a traditional MidWach D powerhouse. But powered by strong defense, superb goaltending by Tori Sowizral, and a pair of goals by Ashley Jordan, the Lady Trojans posted a highly satisfying 2-1 win.
Littleton totally dominated the first half, controlling the ball and not allowing Bromfield to get a shot on goal over the first 30 minutes. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Rebecca Bush, assisted by Janelle Decamillis, but it could have been worse for the Lady Trojans.
“Littleton had 10 corners in the first half and Tori kept us within striking distance with seven saves,” said Silver. “We did a good chance of surviving and staying in the game. I told the girls at halftime that we needed to get the ball outside and that the forwards needed to control the ball. We needed to do things quicker.”
Bromfield came out in the second half and played much better. Seven minutes in, Jordan pounced on a rebound and fired a shot into the net to tie the game, after Katherine Friedrich’s shot was stopped.
“We controlled the ball more in the second half by using our wings,” said Silver. “Katherine (Friedrich) did a great defensive job on Littleton’s corners, and Elizabeth Smetana also played well defensively at center halfback.”
With 5:29 left in the game, Jordan scored the game winner. Caroline Mazzola fired a shot that was deflected by the Littleton goaltender and Jordan netted the rebound for the decisve tally.
Sowizral made 11 saves in the game.
“”This was a good win for us as it is a league game and was unexpected,” said Silver. “We will be getting a couple of players back and we will improve as the season moves along.”