Field Hockey Freshmen Break Tie In Overtime


Colleen Sheehan, Journalism Student

Ten minutes are added onto the clock, the crowd is on the edge of their seats as the Wildcats and Green Wave go into overtime. Bethel Freshman Field Hockey coach, Shira Teich says, “Overtime 7 vs 7 always makes the game more intense and exciting.”

With six minutes left in the game, New Milford player, Morgan Melendez, scores the winning point that breaks the tie with Bethel. A win for New Milford.

New Milford Freshman Field Hockey coach, Nicole Madorran reflects on her team’s improvement saying, “This year my girls had to get used to playing a faster paced game and more physical game in comparison to their middle school play. This group has fought hard all season and has shown significant improvement from the beginning of the season to now. They have learned to work together and have worked hard to perfect certain skills that have given them great success. I am excited for their futures in the program and expect nothing but continued success!”

This game was an exhilarating one, Bethel players, Natalie Melvin and Amanda Cleary both scored goals in the second half of the game, tying them with New Milford. Coach Shira Teich reflects saying, “It was a great game because earlier in the season we played New Milford and they dominated with stronger stick skills they won 1-0. This game was very evenly matched and we dominated most of the game. Bethel improved vastly by spreading out, by improved stick skills in dodges, and adapting to playing against a very physical team by making quicker shorter passes. Bethel played extremely well and was unlucky to lose in overtime.”

It was a great game for both teams and a great way to end the fall field hockey season.