No miracle this time as En­field falls in quar­ters

4th seeds can’t cap­i­tal­ize, lose in field hockey

Hartford Courant - - Ctvarsity - By Lori Ri­ley lri­ley@courant.com

EN­FIELD — In the En­field field hockey team’s first-round Class L state tour­na­ment game against Ridgefield, it came down to the last shot.

With no time left on the clock and the score tied, a penalty cor­ner was called. And En­field scored to win.

That was Wed­nes­day. Coach Cookie Bro­mage said she watched the video on Face­book maybe 80 times.

As the clock wound down Fri­day in En­field’s Class L quar­ter­fi­nal game against New­town, with the Ea­gles trail­ing by a goal, they were hop­ing for a sim­i­lar last-sec­ond rally.

But it was not to be. Fourth­seeded En­field had its chances, with 12 shots on goal and five penalty cor­ners but lost, 3-2.

“I wanted one more chance,” said se­nior mid­fielder Tori Gea­glone, who scored both of En­field’s goals off penalty cor­ners. “One more chance and we think we could put it away. When we played Ridgefield, we had that last chance and we put it away.”

Fifth-seeded New­town (16-3) will play No. 1 seed Cheshire (20-1), a 4-0 win­ner over Amity on Fri­day, in the semi­fi­nals ei­ther Tues­day or Wed­nes­day at a time and site to be de­ter­mined.

Katie Goyda scored New­town’s first two goals, and Ali Kelle­her scored what proved to be the game-win­ner with 20:49 left in the game.

New­town last ad­vanced to a cham­pi­onship game in 2007 and hadn’t been able to get past the first round of the tour­na­ment since. The Nighthawks lost to En­field two years ago in the first round.

“En­field is an extremely strong team, so the fact that we played right along with them, it was great,” New­town coach Stephanie Kearns said.

New­town scored quickly, three min­utes into the game and took a 2-0 lead on an­other Goyda goal off a penalty cor­ner with 5 min­utes left in the first half. Gea­glone got her first goal 2 ½ min­utes later, and En­field trailed 2-1 at half­time.

“They’re a good team,” Bro­mage said. “They were very fast, I thought. My younger kids, they strug­gled.

“We got out slow. You could see the youth side a lit­tle bit, but I was proud of them be­cause they hung in there. They fought back. The last 10 min­utes, they re­ally kind of came alive.”

En­field started the year with four re­turn­ing starters, in­clud­ing Gea­glone, who will play at As­sump­tion next year.

“We had a great sea­son,” Bro­mage said. “Hon­estly, they ex­ceeded what I thought at the be­gin­ning be­cause we had four kids back, three fresh­men start­ing. They grew each day.”

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