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Newtown High School’s field hockey team came from behind for a 4-3 overtime win at South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding on September 27, blanked visiting nonconference foe Woodstock Academy 5-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 29, and topped visiting SWC team Bethel 5-1, also at Blue & Gold, in its Play4TheCure game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 3.
Against Barlow, Hana Rosenthal scored the winner on a setup by Ali Kelleher, who drew the goaltender and defender to her and dished the ball across to Rosenthal to do the rest. A long run by Rylee Harrell led to the decisive tally.
“It was so exciting,” Rosenthal said. “Barlow has always been our toughest competition.”
The Nighthawks trailed 3-1 late in regulation but scored twice in the final six minutes to force extra time. Harrell and Jordan Stofko each scored to spark the comeback.
Emma Schmid-Tharnish had Newtown’s first goal, in the opening half.
The Nighthawks nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit at Masuk of Monroe the night before, ultimately falling 3-2.
Coming off the win over Barlow, Newtown blanked Nonnewaug as Harrell, Meaghan Lynn, Kelleher, Katie Bassert, and Rachel Tomasino all scored. Kelleher and Rosenthal had assists.
Harrell scored twice, and Kelleher, Katherine Dirga, and Katie Goyda each scored against Bethel.
In the win over Bethel, Newtown was quick with its passing, which allowed the Hawks to pile up the scoring chances.
“We played a nice two-touch game. We weren’t selfish,” Coach Stephanie Kearns said.
The Nighthawks have won three games in a row to improve to 5-3 overall.