HARVARD — Bromfield advanced to the Central Mass. Division 3 semi-finals with a clinical 3-0 win over Littleton, keyed by solid efforts all over the field.
Grace Bilodeau scored a pair of goals and Rylee Osgood added the other, all three tallies falling into the highlight reel category.
“A lot of girls played strong games today,” said Bromfield coach B.J. Pessia. “Sydney Durand got the start and did a great job and Alyssa Johnson played an outstanding game. The goals by Grace and Rylee were pretty. Emma Rothkopf was outstanding at midfield, and the entire defense played great.”
Littleton had the first three shots on goal, all stopped by Bromfield goaltender Aly Marteney, but the Bromfield defense did a solid job of keeping those shots from the perimeter. The Tigers came out playing aggressively, challenging the Lady Trojans with physical play.
The first solid scoring chance came four minutes into the game when Rothkopf sent a cross in front of the goal that Katja Lierhaus headed off the cross bar.
Marteney came up with a solid save at the 10 minute mark off a testing shot by Kate Magurn, and four minutes later Littleton goaltender Tori Budd answered at the other end. Sarah Duckett sent a lead pass down the field that Bilodeau hustled after, but Budd charged out of her net to dive on the loose ball.
The Lady Trojans struck first at 18:31 on a brilliant individual effort by Bilodeau, who headed a pass to herself past one defender on left wing, beat a second defender before netting a hard 18-yard shot to make it 1-0.
Bromfield’s second goal at 31:55 was also a thing of beauty. Rothkopf sent a perfect diagonal pass to Osgood outside the left post and the freshman forward drilled a left-footed bullet inside the left post to make it 2-0.
Littleton came out stronger to open the second half, getting three of the first four shots on goal, but the Tigers failed to cut into the lead. At nine minutes, a well-placed corner kick created a loose ball and a scramble in front of the net, but Marteney made the save to keep the two-goal lead intact.
Julia Alexander paced the Bromfield defensive effort with strong and confident play from her fullback position, stepping up to break up potential Littleton offensive forays.
Coach Pessia called a timeout at the 9:30 mark to try to settle things down, and that stoppage in play immediately paid off as Bilodeau netted her second goal to put the game out of reach. Osgood sent a lead pass to Bilodeau, who ripped a low, dipping bullet into the net.
Osgood played a strong all-around game up front for the Lady Trojans, working hard in the offensive end by making it tough for Littleton to clear its own zone. Molly Papazian, Erika Marksteiner and Kiley Nygren all came up with strong defensive efforts.
The victory improved Bromfield to 17-1-2 for the season and advanced them into a match-up against Sutton, which is 15-3-2.