THOMASTON - It looked like the beginning of a beautiful rivalry when the Watertown and Thomaston High School field hockey teams met for the first time as members of the Berkshire League on October 1.
The Indians came in off back-to-back wins over Wamogo and Lauralton Hall, while the Golden Bears, who are back in top form, came in with an undefeated record.
Playing their third game in five days, the Indians were caught off guard when the Bears started quickly and scored 30 second into the game.
“We didn’t back down and held them to just one goal,” said WHS coach Audrey Brown after that early goal stood up, resulting in a 1-0 loss. “We couldn’t get it in their goal.”
The Indians, used to playing on turf fields, had some difficulties making adjustments to the field at THS, Brown noted.
“Playing on grass is hard; their field is half-grass and half-baseball field,” said Brown, who was quick to point out that the field had nothing to do with the outcome.
“No excuses, but I am super proud of how they never gave up and didn’t back down, and I’m sure we played the closest game against them so far and I am sure we will be ready for them the next time we play (October 14 at WHS),” said Brown.
Thomaston’s Emma Swanson scored the lone goal of the game.
Alex Welcome made four saves in the WHS goal. “Kami LaBella was all over the field, stopping Thomaston from getting to back field and AshleyD’Elia kept the ball moving up field,” said Brown. “Ava Venuk and Miley Slattery played fantastic defense.”
The loss left the Indians with a 2-2-0-0 record in league play and an overall mark of 3-3-0-0.
“We have a big week (at Litchfield and Nonnewaug, home against Northwestern) coming up,” Brown added. “We will be ready and going towards making it into state play.”
Closing out the first month of the season on an up-note, the Indians defeated Lauralton High School in a non-league game, 2-1 on September 30.
“What a game,” said Brown. “The girls gave it all they had and played their best game of the season so far.”
Scoring for Watertown were Julianna Meglio and Emma Nugai with D’Elia cresidted with an assist.
“Kami LeBella and Blayden Koval were all over the midfield, stopping and pushing the ball upfield,” said Brown, “and Alex Welcome in goal was fantastic, making 10 saves.
“Simply put, we came ready to play.”
The Indians lost to Thomaston, 2-1.
Ava Venuk scored for WHS, assisted by Emma Quadrato.
“This game was played seven-on-seven,” explained Brown. “Neither team had enough platers to field an 11-member team.
Nicholette Forte played well in field and Lola Pelusa was great in the back field clearing many balls away for the circle; Isabella Schiavo played well on front line and was strong in middle of field.
Lauralton Hall scored a 2-1 win over WHS, which received a goal from Bri Pocesta, assisted by Miley Slattery.
“Gabby Johnson played another great game in goal, making eight saves,” said Brown.
“Many subs for varsity played in this game as we did not have enough to field a team,” Brown pointed out.
“We were glad to see many underclassmen who waited a long time get on the field as many Berkshire teams do not field a team,” Brown added.