LEOMINSTER — The Leominster girls soccer team picked up a much-needed win on Monday night.
The Blue Devils exploded for three second-half goals after a scoreless first half as the host came away with a 3-1 victory over Bromfield at Doyle Field.
Leominster is now 4-7-3, while Bromfield falls to 4-9-2.
“We’re struggling so we need every goal and every point we can get,” said Leominster head coach Todd Turcotte. “To be tied going into halftime and then coming out and getting that push in the second half so that we can get two points out of this one instead of just one point is really big for us.”
Leading the hosts on Monday was captain Kyra Forsberg with a pair of goals and an assist. Goalie Abigail Goodwin stopped five of the six shots she faced to preserve the win.
Bromfield goalie Ella O’Neil made 13 saves for the Trojans.
With the game scoreless after 40 minutes, the Blue Devils struck first in the second half. Senior captain Ava Troest’s boot from 25 yards away found the upper right corner of the net, just inside the post to give Leominster a 1-0 just four minutes into the second half.
The advantage was shortlived as Bromfield answered 10 minutes later when Joana Juliana knocked home a rebound in front of the net off a corner kick. Goodwin got a hand on the initial shot but Juliano was there to knock it home to tie the game at 1-1 during the 54th minute.
Leominster increased the pressure in the attacking third of the pitch as it looked for the go-ahead goal. Forsberg had a shot to give Leominster the lead during the 62nd minute when she put a scoring bid on net just in front of the left post. However, O’Neil was there to make a diving save.
The Blue Devils were able to cash in and reclaim the lead three minutes later when Olivia Rodriguez used her head to find the back of the net. Rodriguez’s header off a corner kick tickled the twine and gave Leominster a 2-1 lead.
Forsberg added an insurance goal late when she buried a penalty kick during the final minute of the contest to round out the scoring.
“We’re unbeaten in our last five games so I’m happy with that,” said Turcotte. “Bromfield is a really scrappy team. They move the ball well and I know they’re dealing with a few injuries. Give them credit, they put up a really good fight tonight, that’s for sure.”
Leominster is back at it on Tuesday evening when it travels to Whitcomb Middle School in Marlboro to visit the host Panthers.