HARVARD — Bromfield used a late goal from Sophia Turchetta with 1:45 left to topple Midland A front-runner North Middlesex, 11-10, Tuesday afternoon in Harvard.
The North Middlesex defense had the game plan of trying to slow down the always shifty Turchetta, but the Bromfield junior had other plans.
Turchetta scored eight goals to power her team to victory.
“We knew that North Middlesex had beaten Littleton, and we lost to them,” Turchetta said. “We knew they would be tough. North Middlesex is a very good and physical team.”
Turchetta netted her 500th career point Monday afternoon in a 21-10 romp over perennial Central Mass. powerhouse Shrewsbury.
“It was such an emotional game for us yesterday, it was tough for the girls to get going today,” Bromfield head coach Dave Planchet said. “We came out flat as a pancake. But, Credit to North Middlesex, they played us very tough defensively.
They really gave us more trouble than I thought they would — huge credit is due to them.”
North Middlesex had the lead throughout the first half behind multiple goal performances from Kimmie Zuccaro ( 5 goals) and Madison Ozog (3 goals). But, it was the defense that wreaked havoc on the potent Bromfield offense.
“I thought everybody was looking forward to this game today,” North Middlesex assistant coach Ally Watkins said.
“Despite the loss, I really think we played one of our best defensive games all season.
We really communicated well on the defensive side of the ball. Everyone back on defense did a tremendous job. ”
North Middlesex opened the scoring with a 2-0 run behind tallies from Zuccaro and Ozog.
Ozog struck 1:24 into the game on a sweeping shot that found the top left corner.
The Patriots never led by more than two goals in the first half.
North Middlesex had the upper-hand in the early minutes of the opening half, but Bromfield’s offense would soon find its legs behind four straight goals by Turchetta.
Turchetta hammered home a pair of unanswered goals to tie the game at 2-2. Bromfield tied the game at 4-4, when Turchetta beat North Middlesex goalie Katie Babineau left side with 6:29 left in the half.
North Middlesex carried a 8-6 lead into the half.
Bromfield scored nine seconds into the second half on a free position strike from Turchetta, her sixth goal of the afternoon, to trim the Patriots’ lead to 8-7.
The Patriots reclaimed a two-goal lead on a Molly O’Neill feed to Ozog.
Ozog raced down the left sideline and whirled her shot past Bromfield goalie Julia Hoggins to make it 9-7.
Bromfield continued to press at the midfield and a North Middlesex turnover led to a Meaghan Parlee goal.
Parlee deadlocked the game at 10-10 with 6:04 remaining.
The Trojans milked the clock and kept the ball down in its offensive zone until Turchetta found an opening with 1:45 left and buried it.
North Middlesex hosts Bromfield on May 14, and the Patriots feel up for the challenge.
“We kept (Bromfield) off guard in the first half, but they really picked it up late,” Watkins said.
“We are really looking forward to playing them again at our place later in the season.”