Field Hockey stays undefeated in NE-10 play

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Photo courtesy of Charger Bulletin/Neva Bostic.

The New Haven field hockey team huddles against Assumption University, West Haven, Oct. 15, 2022.

Christopher Elwell, Sports Editor

The New Haven field hockey team continued their dominant stretch of conference play with a 2-1 win over the number seven ranked Assumption Greyhounds on Saturday night at Kathy Zolad Stadium. The Chargers kept their win streak alive over the NE-10, bringing it to six straight wins and bringing them over .500 for the first time this season. The win brings New Haven to 6-5 (6-0 NE-10) on the season as they look to keep up their strong run.

Assumption struck first in the game, needing only five minutes to get on the board with a goal by forward Chloe Kaeller off a penalty corner. The early stages of the game were dominated by the Greyhounds, forcing heavy pressure on New Haven goalkeeper Keira Integlia, who tallied ten saves, only allowing the one early goal to Kaeller.

The first two periods were a struggle for New Haven who could not register a shot for the first 30 minutes of play. They were outshot seven to none, unable to get anything going on offense but kept the scoring to a minimum to give themselves a chance in the second half.

It was a completely different style of play for New Haven in the second half, coming out firing on all cylinders, getting the ball to the net with shots from forward Abby Nixon, defender Kelli Jacobson, and midfielder Zharria John.

The game remained a 1-0 affair until the 36th minute on a goal by New Haven midfielder Sophie Schreck with a backhand shot as she was falling to tie the game at one. Schreck, who was named as the National Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 5, continued her standout season as the Chargers’ team leader.

They were able to keep pressure on Assumption with shots from forward Erin Smith and midfielder Katie Durkee, but could not beat the defense.

The fourth period was mainly controlled by Assumption as they outshot New Haven 4-1. New Haven was unable to generate any quality scoring chances with their only shot of the period blocked, leaving the score tied at one, and sending the game into overtime.

There was a lot on the line for both teams, as they battled over the top spot in the NE-10. Midfielder Sophia Ruh would end the game with her goal to the right corner of the goal, sending New Haven into a frenzy and keeping their win streak alive.

It was the first time in program history that New Haven beat Assumption, as the team has taken over the top spot in the NE-10 with six games left in the season.

New Haven’s incredible run will stay at home at Ralph F. Dellacamera Stadium for their next matchup with Southern Connecticut State University on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. They look to stay undefeated in conference play and bring their win streak up to four games. More information can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.