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HARVARD — There is an old adage in sports that goes, “the only thing that counts is the scoreboard.”

The Bromfield field hockey team flirted with disaster in its Central Mass. Division 2 Tournament game with Oxford. The visiting Pirates were outplayed from first whistle to last, but with two minutes remaining in the game, the score was 0-0.

But on this day, justice prevailed as Caroline Mazzola scored 15 seconds later to lift the Lady Trojans to a well-deserved 1-0 victory.

“Last season I watched and learned and this season I think I have continued to improve,” said Mazzola. “I try to focus on stickwork and use my speed to advantage. The goaltender left some room at the post and I was able to get the shot past her. It’s my favorite goal I have ever scored.”

“I wasn’t really nervous with regulation winding down and the game still scoreless,” said Bromfield coach Sue Silver. “It only took me about five minutes to realize we had our ‘A’ game. Caroline scored a big goal and she is the player I want to have the ball in that situation.”

The Lady Trojans came out in total control to start the game, owning a 5-0 edge in shots on goal in the first half and getting five of the six corners over the first 30 minutes. Oxford’s counterattacks were keyed by strong hits that changed field position around.

The first quality scoring opportunity came 11 minutes into the game off a well set up corner when Katherine Friedrich ripped a 10-yard shot that was saved by the Oxford goaltender.

Midway through the first half, the Lady Trojans had three consecutive corners but couldn’t convert.

Oxford called a timeout at the 16 minute mark, but the stoppage in play did little to change the momentum.

Bromfield had a quality chance at 21 minutes when Friedrich fired a shot through traffic that was deflected to Laura Jarvis, whose shot was wide of the right post.

The Lady Trojans kept the pressure on and when coach Silver went to the bench, the edge in play continued. Sara Andrews provided a big lift when she entered the game with energetic play on right wing.

Oxford’s best scoring chance in the first half came with six minutes remaining when a hard, 10-yard shot was wide of the right post.

The start of the second half featured more of the same. Six minutes in, Mazzola fired a shot from outside the left post that was saved.

The Bromfield defense wasn’t tested often and they did a nice job of diffusing Oxford offensive forays. Elizabeth Smetana used her speed and range to advantage, continually stepping up to break up plays.

Mazzola continued to make her presence felt on left wing. At 14 minutes, she made a strong run down the left side and centered a pass that rolled untouched past the front of the goal.

Three minutes later, the Lady Trojans nearly broke the ice off a well conceived corner. Friedrich sent a pass to Mazzola at the left post, but her point-blank shot was saved.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Bromfield goaltender Tory Sowizral came up big, stopping a testing shot through traffic to keep the game on scoreless terms.

Two minutes later, Friedrich fired a bullet that rolled inches wide of the left post off another corner.

With 3:42 remaining in the game, Oxford called a timeout and out of that timeout they got a shot from right wing that was stopped by Sowizral, setting the stage for Mazzola’s decisive tally. Hailey Newsham sent a pass from left wing to the left post to Mazzola, who slipped a quick shot into the net.

“I think this team is more prepared for the Districts,” said Silver. “Everyone was solid in the game. Katherine Friedrich was the focal point of the Oxford defense and she played a smart game with a lot of dodging and dishing. We will be playing our next game on turf and the girls have a lot of confidence and will be ready for it.”