The Norwalk High School field hockey team knew it would face one of two Wilton teams -- a dejected one it could take advantage of after its first loss, or an angry one ready to get some payback. Unfortunately, the Bears ran into the latter, coming out flat in the first half. Wilton dominated early, then held off a strong Norwalk attack in the second half, beating the Bears, 2-1.
"I saw the score [against Stamford], but if you read too much into the scores you go crazy," Norwalk head coach Kyle Seaburg said. "We have to come out better in the first half, though. If you don't come out strong against a team like Wilton, then they're going to make you pay for it."
Wilton did come out looking for redemption and quickly got on the board with a goal by Christie Roberts. The Norwalk defense tried desperately to keep the game at a one-goal disadvantage, but Nicole Roman-Johnson snuck a shot by keeper Anya Falcone, which proved to be the difference.
Norwalk came out refocused in the second half when Kayla Cavanagh managed to net a goal during an intense scrum. The goal seemed to wake up the Wilton defense, however, and Norwalk's passes were frequently intercepted the rest of the way. Seaburg knows the team needs to work on passing, but was happy with how his team has handled its games recently.
"We've had two ties and now this game, so we've fought really hard the past three games," Seaburg said. "We're going to take away those little things we did better in the second half. One of our mottos is 'you can't control the weather,' so we can't freak out about this one game. We still have the second half of the season to play."
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