THOMASTON - It looked like the good old days, which are still of fairly recent vintage when the Thomaston High School field hockey team departed the field after their opening game.
Playing for the first time under new head coach John Long, the Golden Bears got off to a great start by dominating Newington High School in a 4-1 non-league victory on September 16.
Sophomore McKenzie Fairfax led off the scoring for Thomaston five minutes in off a great pass from junior Hannah Laone.
The game stayed 1-0 for the rest of the first half, but the Bears dominated by throwing 11 shots at the net with eight forcing a save.
“In all, we put 20 shots at the net and 14 required a save;” said Long. “In addition, four found the back of the net and only two shots went wide in scoring opportunities.”
Thomaston kept pressing, and the effort paid off at the three-minute mark of the second half, senior captain Alexa Kowalski scored on a corner with the assists going to Kristen Foell and Fairfax.
A little under 10 minutes later, the Golden Bears took a 3-0 lead on a goal by Foell on a beautiful feed by Kaya Johnson.
Seeking more, Thomaston netted another goal with four minutes left when Aurelia Barker, another talented sophomore, scored off passes from Laone and Johnson.
Thomaston was able to apply pressure by drawing 13 corners against the Newington defense, while only allowing three corners in their own defensive end.
Newington did spoil the Thomaston shutout bid with three minutes to play; the only shot theyr got by Thomaston goalie Gianna Misenti in five attempts.
Misenti was aided by a stout defrnse which allowed Newington onlt seven forays into their scoring circle. “Olivia Thier, Kaylee Falter, and Ellie Marble locked down our zone with help from Marissa VanOrmer, Alyssa Misenti, and Bella Guerrera,” Long pointed out.
Long singled out three players for their overall performances.
“While they didn’t figure into the scoresheet, Ariana Komonaj, Emma Sanson, and McKenna O’Sullivan played remarkably well and helped drive our success on the offensive side.
“A good all-around team win.”