Field hockey: Warriors rally to beat New Canaan, 2-1
Valentina Tudisco's goal with 5:36 left to play gave the Wilton High field hockey team a 2-1 win on Friday at New Canaan, in a showdown between two of the FCIAC's top teams.
The Warriors improved to 11-0 with the win, while the Rams fell to 7-2-1.
New Canaan opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Elizabeth Miller scored off a rebound to the right of the cage. It was only the second goal allowed all season by Wilton.
The Warriors tied things up, 1-1, with 13:10 left in the half on a tremendous individual effort by Madison Hendry, who stickhandled through two or three defenders at the top of the arc and lifted a shot from five yards into the right side of the cage.
The Warriors began to control more and more of the play as the first half wore on, and then dominated the Rams in the second half. Wilton kept the ball pinned in the Rams' defensive half just about the entire half.
The game-winning goal came off a penalty corner, as Hendry took the ball at the top of the circle and maneuvered to the left to elude a couple of defenders, before putting a shot that goalie Emma Ball blocked. The rebound was quickly knocked in by Tudisco.
Wilton had an 8-3 edge in penalty corners in the second half, and a 13-5 advantage for the game. The Warriors had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.