WHS Field Hockey:  Young Indians Set Sights on 2021

DEFENDING THE CAGE - Fending off an opposition push on their goal cage are Watertown High School goalkeeper Claire Lyman and teammate Brianna Catalini during SWC field hockey game against New Milford on November 2 won by visiting Green Wave, 2-0. In post-season game on November 9, the Indians lost to New Millford, 3-0. 

WATERTOWN - Facing a tough opponent in the first round of the SWC field hockey tournament, Watertown High School was defeated by New Milford High School, 3-0 on November 9 in New Milford.

REGULAR SEASON WRAPUP

In their final game of the regular season, the Indians defeated Brookfield High School, 3-1 at the Mills Complex on November 6.

“The girls were ready to play,” said WHS coach Audrey Brown. “I was so impressed how the girls carried the ball and communicated through out the entire game. We used the entire field and it showed.”

Blayden Koval had two goals and one assist for the Indians; Brianna Catalina had one goal and Gabby McWhirt and Ashley D’Elia had one assist apiece.

Watertown traveled to New Fairfield High School on November 4 for their third contest against the Rebels this season.

The Indians came out strong, carrying the ball up the field and putting the pressure on until Koval scored. 

New Fairfield managed to come back to tie the game, and even with the WHS defense playing a solid game, clearing numerous shots away from reaching the goal, the Rebels came back strong, scoring two goals in the second half for a 3-1 win.

“Olivia Mancini, Stella Quadrato and Kelly Duffany played the best game all year,” said Brown afterwards. “As always, Claire Lyman was strong in goal for us.” 

The Indians played a terrific game against a top New Milford team on November 2 in the third meeting between the teams this year.

“The first two games we lost by a good margin,” said Brown after the Indians’ 2-0 loss. “But we stay in this game, playing themscoreless in the first half.

“We made them work for everything they got, every loose ball and every shot on goal.

Lyman was solid in goal, making several great saves on tough shots.

“We gave it everything we had,” added Brown. “I’m so proud of them.”

Brianna Catalini and Gabby McWhirt were strong in the middle of the field, while D’Elia and Koval carried the ball well up the middle.”

JUNIOR VARSITY

Watertown’s junior varsity finished their season on November 7. Emma Nugai scored two goals and had one assist against Newtown in a 3-0 win, while Casey Benga added one goal.

Sedona Oicia and D’Elia had one assist each; helping them bring the ball up the field was Brianna Pocesta.

“Bri got to every ball and passed it along,” said Brown.

Miley Slattery and Blayden Koval controlled the middle of the field and Alex Welcome stayed on top in making 12 saves in goal.

Sophia Quadrato and Lauren Ashmore played well on the back line, stopping several fast breaks and cleared the zone before the NHS got to the goal.

“It was a great way to end the season,” said Brown. “We’re looking forward to next year.”

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