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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Two teams looking to get back into the thick of it in the TVL Large soccer standings met at McAleer’s Park in Norwood on Tuesday afternoon as the Norwood Mustangs (3-5-1, 3-5-0) hosted the Medfield Warriors (3-3-2, 3-3-2).
Trailing by a goal late in the first half, Medfield was in need of a response, and it came via junior defender Evan Adolph. Following a throw-in from the right alley, Adolph corralled the ball and lofted up an absolutely beautiful right-legged shot from about 20 yards out that made its way over a series of Mustang defenders, including the keeper, and fit snuggly under the crossbar and into the back right corner of the net, tying the game at one at the half.
The goal by Adolph sparked momentum for the Warriors. Medfield began the second half controlling the game’s tempo and the majority of possessions. Still tied with under 10 minutes to play, senior midfielder Jake Sherman broke in on a fast break for Medfield and fired a shot that was saved by the sprawling Norwood keeper. The rebound bounced right to an awaiting Matthew Morgan, and the senior forward deposited home a shot just inside the near-left post to give Medfield its first lead of the contest at 2-1.
The Warriors completely locked down their half of the field following the go-ahead goal by Morgan, forcing Norwood down the allies and making any type of offensive generation for the Mustangs next to impossible. The final whistle sounded and Medfield came away with the big 2-1 victory. On Thursday, the Warriors kept the momentum going, nearly upsetting the conference’s top team in Norton (6-0-3, 5-0-3) with a 2-2 draw.
Medfield will look to keep earning critical points in the standings when the Warriors travel to face Holliston on October 3.
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