In an intense game, Warde field hockey won against Ludlowe with a score of 2-0. Warde made up for a tough loss last year and after Tuesday, the team has defeated Ludlowe three out of the past four years.
Newcomer Coach Strauser is the team’s third coach in three years, but she has a strong, deep team to work with. The game was scoreless at halftime, but Warde came out in the second half clearly willing to work harder.
“It was an amazing game, the girls gave 100 percent, and that’s all I asked of them,” Coach Strauser told the Connecticut Post. “This was probably the best game I’ve seen them play this year. They really wanted the win and they went out and did a great job.”
The first half of the game, the ball spent most of its time in the midfield. With 6:43 left in the second half, with the score still 0-0, sophomore Elizabeth Falterer scored off of a penalty corner, assisted by senior captain Allison Milicia. Just one minute later, Allison Milicia received a pass from senior captain Abbey Kellerman, and scored a second goal for Warde. Goalkeeper senior Sophia Guerrera also made key saves to hold a shutout against Warde’s rival for the first time in at least five years.
“We have a lot of speed on the front line and I’m really just letting them do their thing,” Strauser said. “The front line plays really well together, and our midfield and defense are amazing.”
After the win against St. Joseph High School, Warde is 7-5-1 in the FCIAC, and on track to make both the FCIAC and State Class L tournaments for the first time in four years.
Ludlowe is 4-5-1-1 in the FCIAC, and will not make the FCIAC tournament, but still has a distant shot at States.