Fairfield Warde field hockey ties Brien McMahon
As the Fairfield Warde field hockey team braces for the FCIAC and state playoffs, head coach Jodie Shannon realizes that her team has some major holes to plug.
The Mustangs dominated Brien McMahon in their game on Tuesday night, yet could not tally a goal in 70 minutes of play as Warde tied the Senators 0-0 on Senior Night at Tetreau/Davis Field.
"Brien McMahon should`ve been a win, especially as we move to the state playoffs," Shannon said. "We need to start winning...Now, we win or we`re out. It is time."
Jess Deutsch stopped one shot in overtime to preserve the tie for Warde. The Mustangs outshot McMahon 8-1 and out penalty cornered them 20-0, but could not tally a goal.
"They had a good goalie and they had some good defenders," Shannon said, "but with that many corners and that many shots we should`ve finished."
Warde did have chances to score in the game. the Mustangs` Stacey DiLeo`s shot off of a penalty corner with just 12 minutes to go in regulation was kicked out by McMahon`s Andi Greenwald. Molly Kontyko also had an opportunity with just four minutes remaining, but was also thwarted by Greenwald.
McMahon had rushes in overtime, including one with four minutes remaining in the sudden death format, but Meredith Ganzak blocked the shot and kept the game even.
Shannon realizes that Warde will need more offense as the FCIAC playoffs begin today. Warde has won just one of its last seven games,
and has been held scoreless in five of those contests.
"We`ve changed some things around, and I think it is improving," Shannon said. "We just have to continue to push it."
The Mustangs will travel to Greenwich to take on the Cardinals at 3 p.m. Warde fought tooth and nail with Greenwich, falling in overtime to the Cardinals, 4-3 on Oct. 10.
"We know how to play them," Shannon said of Greenwich. "We just have to finish the ball."