WOODBURY – Since the end of the 2017 season, the Nonnewaug field hockey team set its sights on winning the Berkshire League championship this season.
Nonnewaug’s 3-0 win over Thomaston on Thursday has the Chiefs just one step away from reaching that goal.
The Chiefs will face Litchfield on the road – somewhere – on Tuesday – or Wednesday – with the Berkshire League championship at stake.
Both Nonnewaug and Litchfield have lost just once in league play. However, Litchfield has back-to-back games today and Monday against Wamogo before they face the Chiefs on its home turf. However, that game may be moved to a turf field Taft or The Gunnery, depending on the field conditions at Litchfield High School.
Nonnewaug did defeat Litchfield 3-1 back on Oct. 2.
“There’s no celebrating yet,” said Nonnewaug head coach Beth Tarby. “I’m not counting on anything until it’s done, and it could come down to that game against Litchfield.”
Senior captain Lindsey Ross had two goals in the Chiefs’ win, and freshman Maddie Roden added one. Sophomore goalie Adrianna Gottmeier had two saves for the shutout.
“We dominated nicely,” Tarby said. “We keep on working, and there are a lot of things we need to work on. They’re working well together as a team right now.”
Tarby, who became head coach at the start of the 2017 preseason, said the Chiefs got off to a slow start last year, but started coming together as a group at the midseason point. She said that attitude carried over into this season.
“It’s really come down to their attitude,” Tarby said. “The team is getting along this year. They really want to play and they really want to win.”
Ross said the team has a lot of great returning and freshmen players, and that has helped with the turnaround.
“We’ve really taken it to another level and really have stuck together as a team this year,” Ross.
With the possible big showdown for the Berkshire League looming, Ross said she’s not worried about the team losing focus.
“We can only control what we can do,” Ross said. “So whatever Litchfield does is their problem, and we’re going to train as hard as we can for the next five days and be ready to beat them.”
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