In the back and fourth match, Danielle Roma gave the lift the team needed with a hat trick from a penalty kick and two second half goals less than a minute apart.
“We knew it would get to us and we couldn’t let it get to us. We did whatever we could and just kept trying and trucking through each ball,” Roma said
Roma picked the penalty kick goal in the 36th minute, helping the Warriors take a 3-3 tie into half-time.
After a Hornets goal by Jackie Carched in the 50th minute, it was all Roma in the comeback.
Down 4-3 with time ticking away, a beautiful free kick from Roma curved its way into the top left corner of the Mansfield goal in the 67th minute followed by a quick offensive attack by the future UMass Minuteman in the 68th minute to give Foxboro their first lead of the day.
During the first half, the Warriors quickly responded to any goal scored by the Hornets with one of their own.
“Three of our goals were hard work and scraping it and in the past we haven’t had a lot of that. I have 6-7 freshmen out there, it’s all hard work,” Foxboro head coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn said.
Mansfield got on the board with a rebound goal from Lindsay Goulet in the eighth minute but Roma’s ball into the penalty area near the Hornet’s keeper’s box was picked up by Devon Mollica in the 10th minute for the equalizer.
More defensive pressure was placed on the Warriors when goalkeeper Jallsa Allen left the game with an injury in the 13th minute and was replaced with freshman Hallie Canfield. With about a third of the team made up of freshmen, the sub guaranteed a sizable youth presence with every freshman seeing playing time.
The two teams exchanged corners both for goals starting at the 24th minute with Mansfield's Kim Foley shooting into a nearly open net. Siobhain Nolan evened the scored in the 25th minute when a corner ball found it’s way to her near the right post.
With panic setting in for the Hornets late in the match, Mansfield had multiple chances in the final 10 minutes but the Foxboro defense stood strong to hold on to the lead for the win.
Saving an almost certain goal, Katherine Tomolionis' block at the right post prevented the tying goal from Mansfield during the 79th minute and represented the Hornets's best chance at leveling the score late in the match.
The Warriors are back in action on Wednesday at North Attleboro.