Conant eliminated from playoffs by third-ranked Berlin team
Keeper Gonsalves saves 44 shots in the loss
It was a long bus ride up to Berlin for the Conant field hockey team Wednesday. It must have been an even longer ride back after the No. 14 Orioles were beaten 5-0 by the No. 3 Berlin Mountaineers. The Mountaineers controlled the tempo for the entire game, which Conant head coach Leigh Webb described as a “defensive struggle.” Berlin’s mighty squad (12-1-1 on the season) pressed the attack throughout and kept the ball in Conant’s defensive zone for much of the game; the Orioles were only able to clear the 25-yard line twice in the entire first half.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Gonsalves was impressed by the tough Berlin team. “They were always moving,” Gonsalves said. “It was almost like each girl knew exactly where the other one was going to be on the field. They worked really well together.”
In the face of the Mountaineer attack, Gonsalves was rock-solid in goal. “I knew I couldn’t give up,” Gonsalves said. She faced an incredible 49 shots on goal, saving 44 of them.
It was the last game for Conant seniors Jess Sorby, Kaleigh Johnson, Wendy Kaufman, Aurora LeClair, Hannah Duncan and Heather Bilodeau, who was still sidelined with a broken foot.
“I know those girls will go on to do great things with field hockey, but the game won’t be the same,” Gonsalves said.