LUNENBURG — The Bromfield boys soccer team had not put its best foot forward in surviving close games against Ayer and Littleton in the Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament.
But on Nov. 11, the Trojans left nothing to chance, leaving Whitinsville Christian in the dust with an explosive first half. Bromfield built a 5-0 lead by intermission, en route to a dominant 6-0 win, that punched tickets into the finals against long-time nemesis Sutton.
Junior forward D’Vonne Williams paced the Bromfield offense with four goals. Derek Silver (goal, assist) and Andy Tabrizi (two assists) keyed the Trojans’ dominance in midfield with strong efforts, while Lucas Hickok chipped in with a goal.
“The first half was our best half of the season,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We practiced for an hour on turf yesterday and it was a very good practice. We did a nice job of adjusting to the turf tonight. Our speed and quickness came through, and D’Vonne came to play. The kids did a great job of focusing on the game and everyone played well.”
Just two minutes in, Tabrizi ripped a bullet from outside the right post that was stopped by diving Whitinsville Christian goaltender Tom Monaghan.
Less than two minutes later, the Trojans broke on top. Tabrizi filtered a perfect lead pass up the right wing. Williams used his speed to catch up to the ball and split a pair of defenders before rolling a hard shot inside the left post to make it 1-0.
Complementing the Trojans edge at midfield were defenders Brian McCullough, Sean Thurston, Mitchell Williams and Hunter Siegrist, who played confidently and stifled the Crusaders’ offense.
Bromfield kept the pressure on as Silver fired a hard shot just wide and Williams’ point-blank header was stopped by a diving Monaghan after a long throw-in by Jason Mandozzi.
The Trojans doubled the lead at 16:07 on a pretty collaboration. After a corner kick, Silver sent a perfect cross in front and Williams headed it past Monaghan from close range to make it 2-0.
Bromfield had all eight corner kicks in the first half, and Whitinsville Christian called a timeout at the 25 minute mark to try to stem the tide.
At 28 minutes, Tabrizi sent a well-placed corner kick in front and Silver headed it into the net.
At 30 minutes, Williams finished off his hat trick with a hard shot from outside the post.
At 32 minutes, Hickok made it 5-0 when he rolled a short shot into the net.
Whitinsville Christian was finally able to create some offense in the final minutes, getting the final two shots on goal in the half. With a minute left, Bromfield defender Isaac Cohen cleared a loose ball out of danger after a scramble in front of the net.
Bromfield goaltenders Will Nocka (four saves) and Clayton Galeski (two saves) teamed up for the shutout.
Williams finished off his big night and capped the scoring in the contest with his fourth goal at eight minutes of the second half. Hunter Granville sent a long pass down right wing that Williams caught up to. He cut in toward the net and ripped a low shot inside the right post to make it 6-0.
Williams was modest about his timely explosion.
“This is the best we have played this season,” he said. “Tonight, we went straight to the goal and it worked out. This game is a confidence booster for us.”