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Field Hockey Squad Continues Earning Points



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Editor's Note: The game at Barlow, originally slated for October 3, as listed below, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10; game time remains a 6 pm start, and will take place at Barlow as originally planned.

Newtown High School’s field hockey team played visiting Weston to a 2-2 draw at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 29. The tie marked Newtown’s first non-win since a season-opening defeat to Bethel, but kept the Nighthawks unbeaten in four straight contests. The Nighthawks carried a 3-1-1 record into a scheduled visit to Masuk of Monroe, on Thursday, October 1 (original game time of 7 pm changed to 5:45 pm).

The Hawks blanked visiting New Milford, always one of the best teams in the South-West Conference, 1-0, on September 25. Newtown used a one-two punch of sorts, as Shannon Lynch, who wears uniform No. 1, assisted Lauren Zimmerman, who wears No. 2, for the lone goal. Newtown goaltender Nathalie Shaker made four saves in the win, Newtown’s third consecutive shutout.

In the Weston game, the Nighthawks got off to a strong start and put in the first two shots that found the back of the cage. Moments after both teams were denied on chances, after the play quickly went back and forth, Zimmerman set up Alison Kelleher, who carried the ball deep into Weston’s end of the field, straight up the middle, and scored with 10:15 remaining in the opening half.

Exactly five minutes later, the Nighthawks added to their lead by capitalizing off a penalty corner when Megan Goyda settled the ball, made a move around a defender and put a shot in from long range. Weston cut the lead in half before the half, and got the equalizer in the second half of play.

The teams each removed four players from the field for a seven-on-seven ten-minute overtime session, and neither could cash in despite great chances. Newtown defender Amanda Kahn hustled to break up a play in front of the Newtown cage and, moments later, Shaker kicked the ball away to deny a possible game-winner. At the other end of the field, with only about a half-minute to remaining, Kayla Disibio set up a golden chance to earn the win, but the Hawks were denied.

Newtown, following the Masuk game, is slated to play two more road contests before returning home. The Hawks face Joel Barlow of Redding on Saturday, October 3, beginning at 6 pm, and go to Bethel looking to avenge a 2-1 loss, on Tuesday, October 6, at 3:45 pm. The next home tilt is on Friday, October 9, when Brookfield comes to Treadwell Park for a 3:45 pm start.

Emily Dirga gets behind the defense as she looks to set up a scoring opportunity during Newtown's tie with Weston.
Alison Kelleher runs with the ball on her stick as a Weston player defends during a 2-2 tie at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 29. Kelleher scored Newtown's first goal of the game.
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