Field hockey: Warriors rout Staples in FCIAC quarterfinals (updated)

Entering the post-season with a perfect record has definitely put a bull’s-eye on the back of the Wilton High field hockey team.

If the Warriors felt any added pressure, it didn’t show in Saturday’s FCIAC quarterfinal game at home against Staples. Six different players scored as the Warriors put on a clinic to rout the defending FCIAC champs, 7-0.

“They definitely looked hungry,” said Staples coach Ashley Del Vecchio. “Wilton definitely played as a team. They were prepared.”

Last year’s loss to the Wreckers in the FCIAC title game certainly added to the Warriors’ motivation.

“We lost to them last year in the FCIAC finals, so it was good to come back and beat them,” said Madison Hendry, Wilton’s talented junior midfielder who again sparked the Warriors with her attacking skills.

Top-seeded Wilton (17-0) got two goals from Emmie Arrix, and single tallies from Valentina Tudisco, Megan Ward, Madison Hendry, Megan Cunningham and Kristen Godin.

The Warriors will play Greenwich in the FCIAC semifinals Tuesday (Nov. 6) at New Canaan High School.

On Saturday, the Warriors controlled the game from start to finish, and had a 20-1 advantage in shots at goal, and a 15-1 edge in penalty corners.

Wilton’s first three goals all came off penalty corners, and the lead was 4-0 at halftime.

Wilton had several good chances early on, with good pressure from Arrix, Tudisco, Ward, Hendry, Caroline DeAngelis, Annie Lynch and Joanne Nazareth.

The first goal came about eight minutes into the game, on a penalty corner, when Jill Detrick-Yee maneuvered around a defender and sent the ball to Hendry in the middle of the arc. She one-timed a shot the was deflected into the goal by Tudisco.

Wilton made it 2-0 two minutes later off another penalty corner. This time, a blast by Nazareth deflected to the left of the goal, where Ward was able to redirect the ball into the cage.

Staples goalie Molly Barreca stopped blasts from Detrick-Yee and Nazareth, and made saves on shots by Caroline Taverna and Arrix from close range. Finally, Wilton broke through with 4:54 left in the half, off a penalty corner, as Hendry scored on a wide-open shot about six yards in front, off passes from Arrix and Kailey Zengo.

The lead went to 4-0 with 2:34 left in the half when Nazareth’s shot deflected to the right of the goal, where it was slammed home by Cunningham.

The Warriors picked up where they left off in the second half, earning a penalty corner just 20 seconds into the half that led to a Nazareth blast that Barreca blocked.

The lead went to 5-0 just 1:20 into the half, off a penalty corner with Arrix scoring off a Hendry assist. Godin scored about seven minutes later, off another corner, with the assist going to Nazareth.

Staples went nearly 47 minutes before getting a shot on goal, with 13 minutes left to play.

Arrix scored Wilton’s final goal with 13:50 left, with Ward getting the assist.

Hendry and Joanne Nazareth each had two assists, with other assists from Arrix, Ward and Zengo. Lizette Roman-Johnston had one save in goal.