Field hockey: Wilton tops Pomperaug in opener
The Wilton High field hockey team opened the season on Tuesday that way it left off last fall — with a convincing win.
The Warriors scored three goals in the first 17 minutes and rode a smothering defensive effort to rout Pomperaug at home, 3-0.
The defending Class M state champs got goals from Emmie Arrix, Kailey Zengo and Jill Detrick-Yee to notch their 19th consecutive regular-season win.
Madison Hendry had two assists for Wilton. Maggie Mendola had one assist.
Wilton jumped on top just 4:05 into the game on a goal by Arrix, set up by Hendry and Megan Cunningham. Less than two minutes later, the Warriors made it 2-0 when Hendry sent a ball to the right of the goal, where a hustling Maggie Mendola was able to keep the ball alive and roll a pass to the far post, where Zengo put the ball into the cage.
The Wilton defense, anchored by returning starters in Jill Detrick-Yee, Kylie Cafiero and Annie Cornbrooks, shut down whatever attacks Pomperaug could muster, with the only threat of the first half being a hard hit into the circle that goalie Lizette Roman-Johnston batted away about seven minutes into the game.
Offensively, starting forwards Arrix, Cunningham, Zengo and Mendola, and midfielders Hendry, Kristin Godin and Delaney Baxendale, kept the pressure on throughout the half.
Wilton made it 3-0 with 13:25 left in the half, off a penalty corner, when Detrick-Yee blasted in a shot from the right circle.
Wilton had other good chances in the half, but were turned away by Pomperaug goalie Chelsey Donato, who made a terrific kick save on a shot from in front by Delaney Chase, and made a tough save on a shot by Mendola from the middle of the arc.
In the second half, Donato’s goalkeeping kept the Warriors off the board, as Wilton kept up the pressure with nine penalty corners but couldn’t break through as Donato made six or seven more saves.
The Warriors were able to employ their depth, getting significant contributions from returning junior Caroline Taverna along with eight newcomers, sophomores Jillian Mahon, Maddie Duffy, Evelyn Caty and Olivia Deluca, and freshmen Delaney Chase, Gwen Hall, Meredith Rappaport and Bridget Ward.
The Warriors finished with 15 penalty corners to none for Pomperaug.