DANBURY - As good as the Thomaston High School field hockey team has performed for first year coach John Long - and they have performed very well - the Golden Bears were taking a big step up in class when they visited Immaculate High School of Danbury on Columbus Day.
The Mustangs aren’t just any opponent, the SWC leaders brought a 10-0-0-0 record and number-one ranking in CIAC’s Class ‘S’ #1 in class S into non-league showdown.
Although the Golden Bears became only the fourth team score a goal against the Mustangs, the home team lived up and then some to their status, as they rolled to a 9-1 win over the Berkshire League’s co-leaders.
How dominant has Immaculate been?
Almost perfect, having scored 57 goals to their opposition’s four in 12 games.
Next the Bears, whose scheduled October 16 game at Litchfield was moved to Thursday, October 24, was another non-league game, this one at Avon High School on thursday, October 17 at 3:45 p.m.
STILL ON TOP
The Golden Bears continued to stay atop the Berkshire League with a dominant 6-0 win over Northwestern on October 8 at THS.
Thomaston, which improved to 4-0-0-0 in league play, put on a defensive clinic, allowing Northwestern into the scoring circle a mere six times and giving up no penalty corners.
Led by Kaylee Falter and Olivia Thier, Thomaston’s defense looked solid; other defensive starters (Marissa VanOrmer and Ellie Marble) were great in support.
“In addition,” said coach John Long, “Alyssa Misenti, Bella Guerrera, and Delaney Jose all stepped in to fill holes we have needed.”
The Bears’ ability to score is undeniable, as the team outscored its opponents 21 to 4 over six games during which they are 5-1-1-0.
Against Northwestern, the Bears started off the scoring quickly as Kaya Johnson netted a goal off of assists from Alexa Kowalski and Hannah Laone.
Before the end of the first half, THS went up 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Laone.
“Northwestern’s goalie played absolutely incredibly, as this game could have easily been out of reach after the first half,” said Long.
After some simple adjustments during halftime, the Bears came out flying, putting up four goals in the second half.
Laone scored her second of the day off of assists from Emma Sanson and Aurelia Barker.
Barker got on the board just moments later, scoring off of passes from Ariana Komonaj and Johnson.
Alexa Kowlaski then netted two goals to finish off the shutout, with the first coming on assists from Barker and Kaylee Falter; her final goal was a captain-to-captain effort, as Kaylee Falter made the pass to Kowalski.
“McKenna O’Sullivan and Leah LaChance played extremely well offensively, as did Kristen Foell and McKenzie Fairfax,” said Long.
Thomaston’s offense also managed to draw 21 penalty corners in a dominant effort wihch saw THS goalie Gianna Misenti grabbing the shutout.