Warde field hockey drops at Westhill
The Fairfield Warde field hockey team statistically out-played its opponent, Westhill, but the breaks simply didn't fall the Mustangs way.
Cam Shamsky scored twice for Westhill and assisted on Ashley Rich's game-winner with just 24 seconds to play in regulation, as the Vikings outlasted Fairfield Warde 3-2 on Wednesday at Westhill High School.
Sarah Ehrlich stopped eight shots as Westhill won for the first time since Sept. 24. The Vikings had not beaten an FCIAC opponent since their 1-0 win over Greenwich on Sept. 22.
"They've had a couple of games where things didn't go their way," Warde coach Jodie Shannon said. "We were trying to feed off that."
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"We out-shot them and out-played them," Shannon said. "Unfortunately their shots went in."
Despite being out-shot, the Vikings notched the game's first goal when Shamsky found the ball in a net-mouth scramble, to cage her third goal of the season and put Westhill on top 1-0.
Shamsky tallied her second of the game and fourth of the year when countering off a Warde rush, she blasted the ball by Warde goalie Lindsey Lopes to put the Vikings ahead 2-0.
But just 50 seconds later, Hines scored, on a penalty corner to put the Mustangs on the board. Adams' goal came less than two minutes later on a shot that went over Ehrlich's shoulder, but was counted because it deflected off a Westhill defender's stick.
"Getting the goals has been the problem, getting the shots hasn't been," Shannon said. "It was nice to see us at least get a couple in."
The Vikings had a goal disallowed just two minutes later because the ball was deflected in by a Westhill player, whose stick was too high.
The Mustangs out-shot the Vikings 10-9, and earned 14 penalty corners to Westhill's five, but with less than a minute to go, the Vikings broke out into the Warde zone, and Shamsky found Rich for the go-ahead goal with 23.7 seconds to play.
"Their shots were good," Shannon said. "Their breakaways were really good. I think our defense just played frantic."
The Mustangs get no rest, as they'll travel on Thursday to current Class L No. 3 seed Cheshire and play the Rams at 4 p.m.
"Cheshire is having an awesome year," Shannon said. "We just need to step up on the moment."