WASHINGTON — The Shepaug Valley High School field hockey team is off to a solid start to the season, highlighted by ending the defending Class S champion’s 20-game winning streak.

The Spartans improved to 3-2 on the season with a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Northwestern Regional. The win was Shepaug’s second straight and third in its last four games.

Shepaug did not win consecutive games last year until the last week of its season when it won its final regular season game over Housatonic Regional and followed that up with a tournament win.

Entering this season, the Spartans were looking to replace a number of senior contributors, especially midfielders Molly Mercier and Kelsey Johnson. The transition has gone fairly well so far.

“Losing Molly and Kelsey left a huge gaping hole in the middle,” Shepaug coach Jaye Stuart said. “Each game so far this season we are stepping up and have players who are doing well there.”

Shepaug started the season with a 3-1 loss to Thomaston, one of the preseason favorites in the Berkhsire League. The Bears are 4-0 and the only team in the league without a loss.

The Spartans bounced back by knocking off Lewis Mills 1-0 in overtime, ending the defending Class S champ’s 20-game winning streak.

After a tough 1-0 loss at New Fairfield, Shepaug put together a pair of wins, knocking off Housatonic Regional 6-0 and then Northwestern on Tuesday.

“We have had a good start and are right where I expected us to be,” Stuart said. “It’s a big week for us with the games against Northwestern and Nonnewaug, and if we can come out of this week with two wins, we will be in very good shape."