WOODBURY – The Nonnewaug field hockey team came back from a 2-0 to defeat previously-undefeated Northwestern 3-2.
Taylor Pabst scored the game-winning goal after Nonnewaug was awarded a corner just before time expired. Since the corner was not executed before the clock ran out, Nonnewaug, by rule, was permitted to execute and complete the play.
Pabst scored all three goals for the Chiefs. All three Nonnewaug goals were assisted by Lindsey Ross, and all three Nonnewaug goals came off corners.
“It’s a play that had been working really good for us,” Ross said of Pabst’s game-winning goal. “Taylor just had a great tip on the post.”
“Lindsey crossed it over the goal and over to me on post, and I just laid down my stick and tapped it in,” Pabst. “I saw it coming right to me.”
With the win, Nonnewaug raised its record to 3-5-1, and ended a two-game slide. Head coach Beth Tarby said the team went into today’s game treating it like it was the first of a new season.
Tarby said she is happy that her team could pull together instead of collapse when they trailed by two.
“You’ve got to have heart to get back in this game, and that’s just what this team is starting to learn,” Tarby said. “And they learned it quick.”
Down 2-0, Pabst said Nonnewaug wanted to win more than they did.
“We were hungry for the ball, we wanted it,” Pabst said. “We know they are Number 1 (in the Berkshire League), but we wanted to win.”
“We had a really good mindset going into the game,” Ross added. “We were prepared, and focused.”
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