Field hockey: Wilton takes unbeaten record into today's showdown with Darien
The Wilton High field hockey team continued its impressive early-season run on Monday as the Warriors notched their fourth shutout victory.
The latest victim was Westhill, which like earlier opponents Pomperaug, Ludlowe and Danbury failed to generate any sort of offense through Wilton’s midfield block in a 4-0 loss.
The Warriors (4-0), however, get a big test today when they travel to Darien (4 p.m.) to play the Blue Wave, the last team to beat Wilton in a regular season game, back in 2011. Wilton has won 23 straight regular-season games.
Darien, the defending Class L state champion, is 4-0 on the season, having outscored its opposition by a combined 20-1. Wilton, the defending Class M champ, has outscored its opponent 16-0.
On Monday, the Warriors went on the attack from the outset, let by several runs down the right side by Meg Cunningham, who worked the ball into the arc more than once.
It was Cunningham who scored the first goal, just 4:22 into the game, on a penalty corner as she poked in a loose ball in front after a nice exchange of passes between Emmie Arrix and Madison Hendry had let to a shot on goal.
Hendry later blasted a shot that was stopped by a kick save by the Westhill goalie, who also made a save on a shot by Evelyn Caty. Off another corner, a shot by Jill Detrick-Yee was stopped by a defender guarding the post. Cunningham made another good run into the arc but her shot was blocked by the goalie.
Wilton finally scored again with 16:27 left in the first half when Hendry knocked in a loose ball, after an attempt near the post by Maddie Duffy.
Wilton made it 3-0 about five minutes later, when Kailey Zengo tipped the ball inside the post off of Hendry’s pass through the crease. Wilton had one more golden opportunity before the half, but the Westhill goalie again came up big to stop a shot by Bridget Ward at the right post.
Wilton got relentless play from its forward and midfield, including Hendry, Cunningham, Zengo, Arrix, Maggie Mendola, Kristen Godin, Delaney Baxendale, Caty, Duffy, Delaney Chase, Jillian Mahon, Ward, Gwen Hall, Meredith Rappaport and Olivia DeLuca.
The defensive unit of Detrick-Yee, Annie Cornbrooks, Kylie Cafiero and Caroline Taverno held Westhill to one shot (which was wide) in the first half, and didn’t allow a penalty corner for Westhill until 12 minutes into the second half.
Lizette Roman-Johnston made one save in goal for the shutout.
Godin scored the only goal of the second half, off an assist from Hendry.