The Bromfield girls soccer team lost its state quarterfinal game to the Sutton High School Suzies 2-1 in a double overtime game at Millbury High School Saturday night, Nov. 13.
The game was interrupted at the end of regulation play by a fast-moving storm that filled the sky with rain, wind, and lightning and sent players and fans scurrying for shelter, leaving the game tied 1-1. Sutton scored its winning goal towards the end of the second 10-minute overtime period when play resumed 90 minutes later.
Bromfield’s defeat ended the team’s quest for a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 5 championship, following a stellar 13-4-3 season that earned the team a number 5 seed in the 46-school competition. It was the team’s second loss to Sutton this postseason and for the team’s 11 seniors, the last time they will play together for Bromfield.
Julia Kimball (No. 9) heads the ball as Julia Mara (No. 8) comes forward.
Senior co-captain Katie Iacomini scored Bromfield’s lone goal less than 10 minutes into the game. “It was a gritty move,” Coach Katie Greene wrote in an email. After working the ball up the right side of the field, forward Tallie Dutkewych served it into the middle where Iacomini was able to quickly turn and send a shot into Sutton’s net, catching Sutton off guard. “That’s exactly what we planned to do,” Greene wrote. “Catch them asleep. Set the tone of the game from the first whistle.”
Ahead by one goal, Bromfield’s defenders held Sutton scoreless until the final minutes of the second half. Greene praised center backs Allie Corrieri and Julia Mara, as well as Tilly Fitzgibbons and Julia Kimball on the wings. “This group of four had only played one game together before this game,” said Greene. Veteran goalkeeper Annabel Ashe took control in the backfield and at the top of the 18-yard box to take balls out of play that slipped through the back line. “That was a huge part of Sutton’s game plan and we shut that down,” Greene said.
Greene also singled out the play of center midfielder Abigale Baker, and forwards Dutkewych and Iacomini, which she said had also been outstanding in this year’s central Mass. and MIAA tournaments. Their midfield to striker combinations have been dangerous all postseason, she said, “but we just couldn’t connect on one more to take over the game.”
Bromfield sophomore Lora Analucia (light jersey) stretches to keep the ball inbounds in the MIAA Div. 5 final playoffs in Marlborough, Nov. 13.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation play, Sutton finally evened the score. As center midfielder Baker moved to take a 35-yard shot on Sutton’s goal, she was tackled and shoved to the ground by a Sutton player who passed the ball upfield. On a pass from ninth-grader Addison Jerome, freshman striker Anna Joseph, charging upfield on the right, evaded a Bromfield defender and sent the ball past Ashe into the upper left of the Bromfield net, evening the score 1-1.
With moments remaining in the half and lightning approaching from the west, the referees called for a 30-minute delay, which stretched to 90 minutes as the storm thundered past. Following a 10-minute warmup, play resumed at about 6:25 p.m., with neither team scoring until the final two minutes of the second 10-minute overtime period. Quickly settling a throw-in from the left at Bromfield’s 10-yard line, Joseph turned and booted the ball over the hands of Bromfield goalie Ashe into the upper right net, ending the game.
“I honestly don’t think the girls could have played better,” Greene wrote in an email. “I have had the pleasure of coaching a majority of these girls for three, four, five—some even six years—and quite a few in multiple sports. It’s very hard seeing great things come to an end and especially when you build such strong relationships. I am so proud to be their coach.”