Throughout the campaign, Newtown's field hockey team has been dominant in outscoring teams 81-13 heading into the season finale against Masuk. The only truly close game of the season came in a thriller at Immaculate on October 17, a game in which the Mustangs limited the Nighthawks to their lowest goal total, a 1-0 victory for Newtown.
Izzy Butler scored the only goal and NHS goaltender Gigi Marino earned the shutout to win a duel with counterpart Lauren Oshkam. The goalies combined for more than two dozen saves with Marino doing a bulk of her work late as Immaculate fought hard to try to tie things.
"This game was pivotal for our season," said Newtown Coach Shannon Paproski, noting that the Nighthawks needed a close contest before the playoffs.
"They're just really tough defensively. You've got to give them a lot of credit," said Immaculate Coach Shannon Horosky, whose team clearly is pretty tough defensively as well.
The Mustangs have had some highlight wins, including a 3-0 victory at foggy New Milford on September 26 and a 6-0 triumph over visiting Joel Barlow on October 4.
"They had gone toe to toe with Pomperaug and New Milford so we came in with them ready for a battle," Horosky said of the game with Barlow.
Heading into their season finales, Newtown had 10 wins, Immaculate nine — its only loss coming to Newtown — Pomperaug seven and New Milford six victories. New Fairfield has five wins.
The Mustangs have been led by Celia Preveza, a key player both on offense and defense.
"She kind of controls the field for us," Horosky said.
Pomperaug gave Newtown a battle in their meeting in mid October. The Nighthawks led that game just 1-0 at the half before pulling away for a 4-1 triumph.
Newtown and its potent offense is led by Katie Goyda, Butler and Kat Trammel.