At Last, Conard Beats Glastonbury In Field Hockey

Before this season, as long as Cathy Callahan has been coaching at Conard, her field hockey team hasn't beaten Glastonbury.

It's been 11 years or so, but on Oct. 3, Conard handed the Tomahawks their first loss of the season, 1-0.

"It was a huge win," Callahan said. "We'd been struggling with scoring and we worked on that. Everything was on for us."

The two teams had played each other the week before, with Glastonbury coming out on top, 2-0. Callahan and her team worked on things that went wrong in that game and fixed them.

Senior Nora Policelli scored the game-winner in the first half.

"We were all very happy," Callahan said. "And we have continued to win."

Conard is 5-2-2, with its only other loss to Enfield, ranked No. 2 in the state coaches poll, 5-0.

"This is my most well-rounded team, mentally," Callahan said.

Conard is led by seniors Maeve Malone (midfield) and Asiyiah Eshani (defense) and sophomore defender Ellie Brown, as well as senior Kaitlin Schulken. Policelli and sophomore Zoe Pizzoferato have three goals each to lead the team in scoring.

"We had a tough schedule in the beginning so I was surprised at how well we did against Simsbury and South Windsor [both 0-0 ties]," Callahan said. "We're winning games defensively. We try to put [a goal] in first and then the defense will do their job."

Simsbury Improving

After watching some film from the start of the season, Simsbury field hockey coach Brooke Bulmer can see how much her team has improved.

"We're pulling things together," she said. "Their confidence is rising. They're a cohesive group. Fun, no drama, good chemistry."

Simsbury is 6-1-1, with a 4-0 loss to Stonington Sept. 26. The Trojans tied Conard 0-0 on Sept. 18 and beat Avon 1-0 last week.

"We're doing OK," Bulmer said. "We have a sophomore goalie and against Avon, she was on fire, which was awesome.

"Stonington, it was a long bus ride and a long day. They were just flat and blah."

Simsbury has a large group of seniors, with three — sweeper Aisling Kidney and backs Devon Murphy and Kerrie LaVerde — anchoring the defense. Mary Clark is a midfielder and forward Grace Parker has six goals. Freshman forward Caroline Westhaver has five goals.

Simsbury has some solid competition coming up. The Trojans will face South Windsor Friday, undefeated Granby Oct. 19 and Glastonbury Oct. 25.

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