HARVARD — Last fall, the Lady Trojans started the season on a 0-2-1 skid. Bromfield stayed the course and managed to squeak into the postseason with a 7-7-1 regular season record. Bromfield won its opening round match-up on the road at Uxbridge 2-1 before falling to a CMass juggernaut, Oakmont, 2-1.
“We started the season slow and really weak,” head coach Sue Silver said. “I remember thinking, oh no, we are not even going to make the playoffs. Then, I made a couple of position changes moving Haley Newsham to sweeper and freshman Lily (Morre-Eissenberg) up to varsity — that was huge for us.
According to Silver, her team is looking very fast in comparison to last year’s club.
“We are going to be fast up front,” the coach said. “Defense I am very nervous about. I may have to bump a few key players back like Haley last year, that was huge. I am already thinking I am not going to wait as long if I need to do that.”
Lily Morre-Eissenberg and Colby Newsham are both very versatile players who can play up front or on defense.
“Her skill is in the top three on my team,” Silver said of Morre-Eissenberg. “She is key. She can play anywhere and is willing. She is only a sophomore. Ideally Colby and Lily will be at the midfield position but one of them is probably going (to play) back.”Kathryn Hodskins is expected to me a major factor for the Lady Trojans offensively. The junior will likely see playing time at the sweeper position. If Hodskins is up for the challenge at sweeper and holds her ground defensively, it will allow both Morre-Eissenberg and Newsham to remain at the midfield.
Senior captain Sarah Rowse will command the Lady Trojans from her center back position.
“She may end up at sweeper,” the coach said. “She is a strong, strong center back. She is willing to go back to sweeper if it is best for the team. She sees the field well and gets back on defense.”
Silver has elected to go with a goalkeeper by committee approach this season as she has the luxury of two strong goalies in senior Emily Hadorn and junior Moira Morgan.
“They will play a half game each,” Silver said. “They are equal. It is a crapshoot. They are both the same. If whoever I am starting is on fire, they are not coming out. They get that.”
Bromfield was scheduled to face Clinton earlier this week, but the Lady Gaels canceled the opener at the last minute, leaving Silver and her team to wait until Sept. 9 when they faces Groton-Dunstable on the road.
“I would love to put Colby and Lily together,” Silver said. “Down my middle is really good. Defense is going to be the weakness this year. I think I can pull it together; I just need to find the right combination.
The Mid-Wach C league is looking strong and Silver does not expect making the playoffs to be an easy task.
“We fought to get into the playoffs last year,” Silver said. “When we are in the districts we are seeded way down. We played the number four seed (Uxbridge) on their field and it wasn’t even a game. We totally dominated.
“Then we go to Oakmont and score first. We took them to seven-a-side overtime before we lose. That was huge for us.”
The Lady Trojans are no strangers to flying under the radar. But that is just the way they like it.
“As the years progressed, we found ways to make it to playoffs and surprised people,” Rowse said. “We surprised people and went further than anyone ever thought. There is no reason why we shouldn’t have that this year.”
This year’s Lady Trojans roster features 10 seniors, including its four captains Jilly Nelson, Nicole West, Gabby Doben and Rowse. Maddy Vandorpe, Lexi Dutkewych, Heather Grant, Hadorn, Rachel Hettinger and Jen Woodsum round out the senior class.