Immaculate field hockey team storms out to undefeated start
The only one who has been able to stop the Immaculate High School field hockey team so far this season is Mother Nature.
The unbeaten Mustangs defeated their first nine opponents by a combined score of 43-3, and they haven’t allowed more than one goal to any team. They’re ranked fourth in the most recent state coaches’ poll behind only Staples — the unanimous No. 1 — Cheshire and Wilton.
Immaculate’s quest for a 10th consecutive victory was put on hold Tuesday, however, as the Mustangs’ home game against Weston was halted with 7:16 remaining in the first half when a thunderstorm rumbled through. Immaculate was leading 1-0 at the time courtesy of a goal by Madison Halas on a penalty stroke. The game will be rescheduled for a day and time to be announced.
“We’re just trying to focus on one game at a time,” Halas said before heading off to find shelter from the storm. “Obviously, we have a lot that lies ahead of us. Right now, our focus is on New Fairfield (5:30 Thursday at New Fairfield). We’re a strong team, so it’s nothing we can’t handle, but we’re definitely trying to prepare for that.”
Immaculate had scored a 3-1 victory at Masuk Monday afternoon. The Mustangs (9-0-0-0, 4-0-0-0 SWC) sit alone atop the Patriot Division standings, but the reigning conference champs know there are tough challenges on the horizon.
“It’s been a good start to the season, and the girls have been working really, really hard,” Immaculate coach Shannon Horosky said. “The SWC is no longer one or two teams dominating. Any team, on any night, can win. It’s nice to be so competitive in our league. It elevates the game all around.
“But our girls have been playing really well together,” Horosky continued. “They pass really well, they receive really well, they communicate really well. It’s coming together nicely.”
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