A blowout win and a nail-biter for Masuk field hockey team

Izzy Viglione goes for the ball, just before scoring a goal against Barlow.

MONROE, CT — Masuk High’s field hockey team began the season with a 7-0 win at Weston on Sept. 9, then dropped a hard-fought 4-3 contest to Joel Barlow of Redding in the Panthers’ home opener, on Sept. 13.

Ella Bunovsky, left, runs to the ball as Masuk’s field hockey team battles Barlow.

The field hockey team joined the boys’ soccer squad in starting the season with a 7-0 triumph. Ella Bunovsky scored three goals and had an assist, Molly Halliday had two goals and two assists, Izzy Viglione scored twice, and Amelia Logan tallied a trio of assists.

Against Barlow, the Panthers trailed 2-1 at the half and claimed the lead with a pair of cage-finders in a span of less than three-and-a-half minutes early in the third quarter.

Masuk led 3-2 heading into the fourth, but Barlow’s pressure paid off with the tying goal with 9:27 to play and the game winner coming on a penalty stroke with just 37 seconds remaining.

Logan scored twice and Viglione had Masuk’s third tally, which came off a penalty corner insert. Bunovsky and Molly Halliday had assists. Masuk goaltender Valerie Vilca made six saves against Barlow.

“We have a very good team this year — very competitive, and I think the game against Weston and this one also showed that,” Masuk Coach Kathleen Foley said after the Barlow game.

The Panthers will host New Milford on Friday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. New Milford won the South-West Conference North Division championship last fall.

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