New Milford field hockey ready for postseason surge
NEW MILFORD — The New Milford High field hockey team has regained its momentum in time to make a postseason surge.
After starting the season with three shutout victories, the Green Wave won just once in five games — losing three times by one goal — before rebounding to win three in a row.
New Milford lost 1-0 at Newtown and 1-0 at home against perennial powerhouse Granby Memorial before a 3-2 overtime loss at Watertown. The Green Wave then edged Pomperaug, 1-0, for the second time this season and played Immaculate to a scoreless tie before reeling off three straight wins.
New Milford’s hot streak was cooled Tuesday when Joel Barlow posted a 2-0 victory at home. The Green Wave are now 7-3-1-1 on the season.
“We are pretty tough on ourselves win or lose,” New Milford coach Dawn Hough said. “After every game, we talk about what went right and what went wrong win or lose and the next day at practice we work on what went wrong.”
New Milford’s latest win was a 1-0 triumph over Bethel (9-3-1-1), which entered the game on a four-game win streak and had won six of its last seven overall.
“Bethel was a tough game and a good win for the girls,” Hough said. “They always work hard and want to improve all the time so our job is to challenge them all the time and have them make maximum improvement.”
Hough said she likes the way this year’s group is pulling together as a team. and working together to improve and they will need to do that to notch more wins down the stretch. After the Barlow game, tough matchups with Brookfield, New Canaan out of the FCIAC and a non-league encounter with SWC rival New Fairfield close out the regular season slate for the Green Wave.
“I’ve never been one to pad the schedule,” Hough said. “We want to be put in tough games and challenge ourselves every game so that we have seen it all by the time its the playoffs.”