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LEOMINSTER — On Saturday afternoon, the Bromfield boys soccer team stepped up to play Division 1 powerhouse Leominster on the Devils’ home turf and the home team controlled the action throughout most of the game as they posted a 4-2 win. Leominster owned a decided 22-4 edge in shots on goal, and only strong play by Bromfield goaltender Will Nocka kept the Trojans in striking distance.

Leominster was simply the quicker of the two teams and used a devastating transition game to advantage. Talented Fabio Machado paced the win with two goals and two assists. Anthony DeAraujo added a goal and an assist, Justin Anthony a goal, while Matias Curuchet picked up an assist.

Bromfield, which tied the game at 2-2 after trailing 2-0 at halftime, used strong throws to advantage on both its goals, but never could establish a consistent offense as Leominster owned an edge at midfield.

“I think we got tired and we need to get in better physical condition,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We played well in the middle of the game and we made a great comeback to tie the game. Will Nocka played a strong game in goal, but we made defensive mistakes early and we didn’t do a good job of testing their goaltender.”

Leominster, which had 10 of the 11 shots on goal in the first half, took the lead at 9:59 of the first half when Curuchet sent a pass to Machado at the 18-yard line and the sniper rolled a hard shot inside the left post to make it 1-0.

The Blue Devils doubled the lead just under five minutes later. Machado sent a cross in front of the net to Anthony who ripped a one-timer into the net to make it 2-0.

Bromfield’s two best scoring chances in the first half came when the Leominster goaltender was caught badly out of position. At the 23-minute mark, D’Vonne Williams outfought a pair of Leominster defenders and gained possession of the ball. He lofted a shot over the goaltender, who came out to left wing, but the shot was wide.

With less then five minutes left in the first half, Williams stole the ball from a Leominster defender on left wing and chipped a shot over the goal.

Nocka came up big to keep the Trojans within two goals, diving and tipping Machado’s low rocket wide at 24 minutes.

The Trojans stunned Leominster with a pair of quick goals in the second half.

At 3:15, Derek Silver’s throw-in created a loose ball in front and Williams sent a shot into the net to make it 2-1.

At 4:14, Jason Mandozzi sent a long throw-in to the right post to Hunter Granville, who netted a short shot to tie the game.

After that it was all Leominster as the Devils had the final 12 shots on goal, including goals by DeAraujo at 16:43, and Machado at 35:48.

Nocka made 18 saves in the game.

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