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Newfound girls win field hockey battle of the Bears

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
October 15, 2020
BRISTOL — Newfound field hockey coach Kammi Williams viewed her team's game with Winnisquam last Monday as a big moment in the season and her team made a statement, picking up a 5-0 win over the visiting Bears.

"We wanted to make a statement that we are for real and we did just that," Williams said.

Newfound controlled the first half but just couldn't find the net on a number of chances. Tiffany Doan finally broke through for the Newfound girls, scoring an unassisted tally. Winnisquam made a run at the goal cage in the final two minutes of the half but the Newfound defense held tight.

Newfound scored quickly in the second half, with Doan picking up her second goal on an assist from Haley Dukette. Doan finished the hat trick with a goal assisted by Savannah Bradley to up the lead to 3-0.

Dukette scored the fourth goal and the fifth goal, the second of the two assisted by Bradley.

Alyssa McDonough turned in six saves in the net for the Newfound squad to earn the shutout.

"We controlled the game through and through," said Williams. "Alyssa in goal put in her best performance of the season."

Newfound traveled to Winnisquam for a rematch a couple of days later and Williams didn't want her team to go in overconfident.

"Our field is not in the best shape, but it's fast," Williams said. "Their field is in great shape, but slow. It definitely takes time to make that adjustment."

Newfound didn't play a great first half in a game that was back and forth. Winnisquam was able to score on a corner, as the ball deflected off Mackenzie Bohlmann's stick and went straight up in the air and Winnisquam was able to knock into the cage for the 1-0 lead at halftime.

"At halftime, I told the girls that they had capitalized on their one opportunity and we hadn't on our six," Williams said. "Then Newfound turned it on."

Doan scored on an assist from Bohlmann on a corner to get things started.

"At this point, I knew we had momentum and I knew we were back in the game," the Bear coach said.

Isabelle LaPlume gave Newfound the lead on an assist to Bohlmann and then Doan finished off the game with a one-on-one goal against the Winnisquam keeper.

The hosts had a chance on a corner with no time left on the clock, but Maggie Bednaz carried the ball out of the defensive circle and sealed the win for Newfound.

McDonough finished with four big saves in net for the green and white Bears. Williams also praised the work of Bednaz and Cassie Zick in leading the way during times while the team was struggling.

Newfound will be hosting Laconia on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. and will be hosting Mascoma on Saturday, Oct. 17, at noon.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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