Field Hockey Edged Out By Braintree, 1-0
Late goal gives Wamps the win.
Other than being outraced by speedy Braintree froward Amanda Abromson, the host Brookline High field hockey team stuck right with the Wamps Thursday at Larz Anderson Park.
Abromson, a senior, didn't score the goal in Braintree's 1-0 win over the Warriors (3-7-2), but she charged the ball swiftly into the Brookline zone so many times, the Wamps (5-8-1) were bound to capitalize.
They finally did with 5:43 left in the game, as Meghan Phripp took a feed from Casey Giles amid a fury in front and buried a low shot to the center of the goal.
It was an unfortunate break for Brookline junior goalie Meghan Zak, who just minutes earlier staved off a furious Wamp attack with consecutive kick saves on ripped shots just inches from the net.
Before that, the Warriors also got sensational play from its defense. Junior midfielder Natalie Heike swiped away a Braintree bid behind Zak as the ball edged ever so close to crossing the goal line. Later, Christina Barstow fended off a hard rush by Abromson as she zoomed deep into Brookline territory.
Overall, Braintree out-shot Brookline, 7-4, gaining leverage with seven penalty corners in the second half, after earning none before the break. Brookline finished with six corners, with most of them coming in the first half.
The Warriors had trouble keeping up with Abromson, who showed remarkable control of the ball as she sped and weaved through the Brookline defense.
Incredibly, Abromson hasn't played field hockey until this season, but she obviously was able to transfer her ice hockey skills to the grass game.
"She's phenomenal," Braintree first-year head coach Tracey Drown said. "Her speed and stick work create so many opportunities."
Brookline will visit Dedham for a 4:15 p.m. game on Wednesday.