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Lady Trojans slip past Tigers in battle of unbeatens

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HARVARD — When the Maynard girls soccer team visited Bromfield on Friday afternoon it was a battle of unbeatens. The visitors, who play out of MidWach D, entered the contest with a 6-0-2 record while the Lady Trojans, representing MidWach C, were a gaudy 7-0-1.

Maynard gave a quality account of itself in the game, and proved that it will be reckoned with come playoff time, but first half goals by Casey Magrath and Rylee Osgood lifted the Lady Trojans to a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

“We knew that Maynard was tough coming in, but we played a solid all-around game,” said Bromfield coach Gary Wenger. “Coming in we knew it would take a complete game and that’s what we did. This was a very good soccer game and over the years we have had some great battles with Maynard.”

Maynard had the first shot on goal that was stopped by Bromfield goaltender Brittany Lee, who played the first half and made six saves.

The Lady Trojans took the lead 5:50 in when Grace Bilodeau sent a pass to Magrath, who rolled a hard shot inside the left post to make it 1-0.

Bromfield fullback Moriah Arnold did an outstanding job diffusing Maynard forays into the offensive end by aggressively stepping up to break up chances and sending the ball up the field.

The Tigers just missed tying the game at the 12-minute mark when a shot bounced off Lee’s hands, but a Maynard forward fouled Lee and the goal was disallowed.

The Lady Trojans put together a pretty combination passing play just past the midway point of the first half, and only a brilliant effort by Maynard goaltender Ashley Howes kept it a one-goal game. Susannah Wright sent a chip up the left wing to Magrath, who beat a defender and sent a cross to Osgood, whose testing, 12-yard shot was denied by a diving Howes.

Maynard did a nice job of putting pressure on the Bromfield defense, keyed by through balls from Hanna Rhodes, but the Lady Trojans’ defense of Arnold, Molly Papazian, Julia Alexander and Kiley Nygren made the plays and kept the lead intact.

With seven minutes left in the first half, Maynard’s Ashley Lees’ hard right-wing shot was stopped by Lee.

The Lady Trojans gained breathing room at 34:39 with an opportunistic tally. Alyssa Johnson made a great defensive play, stealing the ball from a Maynard defender. She cut in toward the net and fired a shot that created a loose ball in front. Osgood pounced on the loose ball and netted a short shot to make it 2-0.

“Getting that second goal was important,” said Wenger. “Maynard was creating some pressure and it gave us some breathing room.”

The second half was evenly played with Bromfield holding a slim 6-5 edge in shots on goal. Aly Marteney did a nice job in goal, preserving the shutout with five saves.

Maynard nearly scored in the opening minute of the second half but were denied by an alert Bromfield defensive play. The ball came loose in front of the goal, but Alexander cleared it out of danger.

Bromfield received strong play at midfield from Bilodeau, Emma Rothkopf and Katja Lierhaus.

“The game was pretty evenly played,” said Wenger. “I was happy with the way our defense played. They did a nice job of limiting Maynard’s scoring chances.”

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