Field hockey: Late goal lifts Mustangs over Trojans

Weston High’s Mallory Rogers, left, contends with Immaculate’s Maddie Halas during a field hockey game on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Immaculate won 3-2. — Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

Weston High’s Mallory Rogers, left, contends with Immaculate’s Maddie Halas during a field hockey game on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Immaculate won 3-2. — Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

What had the potential to be a one-sided affair eventually turned into a battle due to the efforts of the Weston High field hockey team.

Visiting Immaculate last Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Trojans found themselves on the short side of a two-goal deficit in the first half. Instead of folding at that point, the visitors responded, eventually tying the score before succumbing in a 3-2 loss at Mustang Valley.

It marked the first time the undefeated Mustangs had surrendered more than a goal in a game this season.

Last year’s South-West Conference runner-up, Immaculate struck first with 18:41 left in the first half. Maddie Halas took a pass from Marissa Halkett and redirected it into the cage for the lead.

The same combination also worked for the Mustangs with 10:26 to go. This time, Halkett drove through the defense after taking a pass from Halas and it was soon 2-0.

Weston, however, was just getting started. Taking a pass from Morgan Schramm from the left, Francesca Moniz made it a 2-1 game with 5:05 left in the half.

They both had a hand in Weston’s next goal, coming with 30.8 seconds to go. Schramm scored with Moniz getting the assist and it was tied at halftime.

Despite each side getting its share of scoring chances, the second half remained a stalemate for most of the way. But with 12:39 left the Mustangs went ahead to stay. A shot by Halas was saved by Weston’s Taylor Greene but Fiona Henderson was there to take the rebound and send it into the cage for what turned out to be the winning goal.

The Trojans tried to force a tie again but came up empty on each chance.

Greene made seven saves in goal for Weston, now 3-7 overall. It visits Masuk today (Thursday) at 4, goes to Bethel on Saturday at 10, is at Watertown on Monday at 5:30, and hosts Joel Barlow on Wednesday at 5:30.

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