By Ed Niser

WESTFORD — Playing against higher division opponents is not uncommon to the Bromfield Trojans, who traveled to Westford Academy Saturday for a non-league tilt.

Bromfield trailed by as much as five goals down in the first half. Westford Academy played the final 20 minutes down a player due to earning four yellow cards.

The Trojans could not get over the hump as its comeback fell short, 13-11, at Trustees Field.

Bromfield was coming off an opening day victory over Algonquin Regional on March 31. Head coach Dave Planchet hopes that playing some of the larger schools during the regular season will pay dividends down the road.

“The plan behind playing the larger schools is that it hardens us up when we play teams like Groton-Dunstable and Grafton,” Planchet said.

“Today’s game could have gone either way. I was proud of my kids — we got down as much as five goals in the first half and we just kind of grinded our way back in.”

Junior forward Megan Parlee scored a team-high five goals and one assist. Dartmouth-bound senior Soph Turchetta added four.

“What I am really hoping is that we get a one-two punch with Megan Parlee and Soph Turchetta, like we had with Jackie (Planchet) a couple years ago,” Planchet said.

“I saw some of that today. We have a lot of young kids up front that are learning. Let’s have them learn in these early games and hope they battle-test us and, hopefully, it is a brighter future.”

Parlee scored the first goal of the game 3:21 into the first half. Parlee sprinted in and beat the Westford Academy goalie on the low left side.

The quick start did not deter the Grey Ghosts. Westford Academy sounded off five unanswered strikes in a 12-minute time-span. The Grey Ghosts would soon make it 6-1, but the Trojans just would not surrender.

Bromfield ended the drought on an unassisted goal from Turchetta.

The senior forward took advantage of a shooting space infraction and scored on a free position chance with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

The Trojans clipped the Westford Academy lead to one goal, 7-6, following a tough goal from Parlee.

Parlee split a double team as she spun to her right and fired the ball swiftly into the low left pocket with 44.5 seconds remaining.

Westford Academy answered just before the half on a goal from Haley Cogliaro with 21.5 seconds remaining.

In the second half, it was more of the same. Westford Academy went up by four goals,12-8, with 16:06 left in the game.

Bromfield continued to battle back.

The Trojans’ first goal of the second half came on a bounce shot by Turchetta.

Parlee facilitated the second goal of the half as she dipped behind the cage and fired a pass to Cara Olejarz. Olejarz fired the shot inside the right post to trim the Westford Academy lead to 12-10 with 12:10 remaining.