Field hockey girls win in OT

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 8, 2012
South Windsor's Bridget Kelly races a Simsbury player for position. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
South Windsor's Bridget Kelly races a Simsbury player for position. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

In 42-degree weather that stung the players, coaches and spectators alike, the South Windsor High School varsity field hockey team battled in short sleeves in a crucial game against Simsbury. The home game, held Monday, Nov. 5, was tied 3-3 before going into overtime.

“We won 4 to 3 in overtime in the last six seconds,” said head coach Jen Bolduc. Bolduc was appreciative of the girls' intense performance. “That was by far the most ridiculous game our team has ever played,” she said. “It was so exciting and intense - it was just so awesome. They played their hearts out. I'm very proud of them.”

Bolduc was hard-pressed to point out any one noteworthy performance, because she felt the entire team did well. “I can't say that there was one person that stands out over the others,” she said. “In order to win that, we all had to play.”

The final game-deciding goal was made by Kat Adamo off of an assist from Marykate Custer.

The team had won the CCC East Conference, and going into their Nov. 5 game were ranked seventh in Class L. Because they defeated Simsbury, they earned the right to play their first tournament round at home. Had they lost, they would have been bumped to 10th place and traveled to Greenwich.

SWHS will face off against Hamden in the first tournament round on Friday, Nov. 9. The winner will move on to the quarterfinal. Their potential quarterfinal opponent is still being decided, as on Thursday, Nov. 8, Hall and Newtown will compete for the right to face Cheshire in the first tournament round, also on Nov. 9. The winner of that game would face SWHS if the girls defeat Hamden. Semifinals follow on Nov. 14, with Finals on Nov. 17.

“I think we have a very good chance to go far,” said Bolduc.

To view the Class L tournament bracket, visit http://www.casciac.org/brackets/fh2012L.html.


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