HARVARD — With renovations happening at Bromfield’s usual home field at Harvard Park, the Trojans hosted the Midland B-leading Groton-Dunstable Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Depot upper field.
Groton-Dunstable potted a goal in each en route to a 2-0 victory over Bromfield, who falls to 8-4-1 with the loss.
Groton-Dunstable senior Matt Tornaritis tallied the eventual game-winner in the 23rd minute.
“I am very pleased to come out of here 11-3-1,” Groton-Dunstable head coach Sean Wisbey said. “I started this season thinking if we could make the playoffs, it would be a successful year. Here we are with a chance to win out and take the second seed behind Algonquin. Any time I can beat Tom Hill, it’s a good win.”
Despite the loss, Bromfield head coach Tom Hill was able to take some positives out of the match.
“It is always nice to play a team like Groton-Dunstable,” Hill said. “They play hard and clean soccer. I enjoy playing Groton-Dunstable.
“We stepped it up because we knew we needed to,” said Hill. “Our kids played very well in the second half. We were trying a new formation, which worked pretty well. We have had injuries and illness, but we managed to play through it. Now we have to play Sutton on the road, which will be no easy task for us.”
Bromfield goalie Tyler Brandon turned in a solid performance in between the pipes stopping 16 shots in the loss.
“He made some very nice saves for us today,” Hill said of his goalie. “He is fighting against Cadman for playing time. Cadman will start against Sutton. Brandon has a great foot, but he takes a while to get going.”
Mitch Wheeler found Tornaritis on a breakaway down the middle of the pitch. Wheeler hurdled over Brandon, who came off his line and executed a touch pass to the streaking Tornaritis, who buried the ball in the back left corner of the goal to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Bromfield’s offense failed to find its rhythm, as it put just five shots on Groton-Dunstable goalie Tyler Belanger.
The Trojans enjoyed a strong defensive performance from senior captain Matt Olejarz, who helped keep the damage at a minimum with his hard slide tackling.
Groton-Dunstable added an insurance goal with 19:33 remaining in the match on a low pass from Tyler Poitras to Matt Krikorian, who blasted the ball into the left side of the net.
Bromfield showed a sense of urgency in the latter stages of the second half with quality runs from freshman Colin Greene, senior captain Adam Lorenz-Kruk and Omar Al-Homsi, but the defense of Poitras and company managed to keep the Trojans’ attack at bay.
“It is nice to see Poitras find his way into the stat column,” Wisbey said. “He had a great day defensively for us with a handful of solid clearances. Poitras was nominated by his teammates as the man of the match today.”
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