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LUNENBURG — Bromfield’s Omar Al-Homsi broke a scoreless tie in the 56th minute to lead the 8-1-1 Trojans past Lunenburg, 1-0, Monday night on the turf at Lunenburg High School.

“I thought we played hard, and we outplayed them in the second half in particular,” Bromfield head coach Tom Hill said. “We took too many offsides penalties in the first half — we can’t do that. We need to play smart if we want to have a chance at some of the better teams we will see down the line.”

Bromfield controlled the ball at the midfield for much of the first half, but the Lunenburg defense still fought to pick its spots and regain possession.

The Trojans condensed its attack in the center of the field, but as the half wound down, started to branch its attack down the wings.

Al-Homsi made a promising run at net down the right wing, but his shot was no match for the quick reflexes of Lunenburg goalkeeper James Reif, who snatched the winding shot from inside the 18-yard box and punted it out of danger.

Lunenburg midfielder Matt McLeod-Wakvich unleashed a whirling shot with steady pace from atop the 18-yard box, but Bromfield goalkeeper Ben Cadman climbed the ladder and made the punching save. McLeod-Wakvich kept up the pressure and corralled his own rebound.

However, Cadman showed top-notch concentration and made the sprawling save.

Al-Homsi made a quality run at net in the 30th minute, as he dribbled the ball through traffic and looked to place his shot low right, but it drifted wide and off the side of the net.

With four minutes remaining in the half, Al-Homsi rose above the traffic in front of the net on a corner kick from the right side, but the Lunenburg goalkeeper snatched the ball and cleared it out of harm’s way.

The two teams went into the half knotted at 0-0, and coach Hill challenged his team to pass the ball with more precision and play up to its potential. Bromfield had a handful of chances in the early portion of the second half, but the Lunenburg defense weathered the storm with sturdy midfield defense.

Bromfield’s persistence paid off with 12:48 remaining in the match, when junior Nick Wyman found Al-Homsi on a throughball from the midfield.

Al-Homsi dribbled the ball inside the 18-yard box, side-stepped a Lunenburg defender, en route to the goal. Al-Homsi drew Reif off his line and tapped it inside the left post to give Bromfield the 1-0 lead.

The Trojans’ defense held the Lunenburg offense off long enough to preserve the win. Cadman stopped just five shots to record the shutout.

“We played the flat-back four on defense for the first time today,” Hill said. “I thought we executed it very nicely. Mark Schwiegershausen did a very nice job for us today. I thought Matt Olejarz did a very nice job on defense. With all the positives from today’s win, we still have a lot of things to fine tune.”

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