Field hockey: Rematch is a little closer

Julia Armijo, left, tries to get past a New Milford defender during a Weston High varsity field hokcey game on Friday, Oct. 12. Weston lost 3-0.—Scott Mullin photo

A rematch featured some improved defense on the part of the Weston High varsity field hockey team when it visited Pomperaug last week.

The Trojans, who lost 2-0 to their opponent on Oct. 6, traveled to Southbury three days later with the hopes of turning things in their favor. While they did turn away most of their opponent’s threats the one time the Panthers did get through ultimately made the difference for a 1-0 win.

Pomperaug’s lone score came in the first half, courtesy of a shot by Joanna Rizza. The Panthers repeatedly took shots the whole game but most were turned away by Weston goalie Anna Mahony, who had a season-high 17 saves.

Weston managed one shot on goal, coming from Julia Rodgers. It had three penalty corners to Pomperaug’s seven.

Trojan coach Nicole Pidgeon praised the defense play of Janine Rupperecht, who did not allow Rizza to score for the rest of the game.

Things did not get any easier for the Trojans last Friday when they hosted New Milford for a night game. The defending South-West Conference champ, the Green Wave kept Weston’s defense busy before going on to win 3-0.

New Milford controlled most of the play, taking 20 shots on goal. For the second straight game Mahony stepped up to make 17 saves. Defensively, the Green Wave did not allow any Weston shots.

“Even though there were no shots or corners, Weston played a great game,” said Pidgeon. “They went out hard for the whole game, playing aggressively and attacking the ball.

Weston, now 2-9-1, hosts Fairfield-Ludlowe on Friday at 6:30, is home to Brien McMahon on Saturday at home at 11:30 and visits Watertown on Tuesday at 6:15 to finish the season.

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