NEWINGTON - Sharon Sherpa did everything she could to keep the Newington field hockey team in the game Monday afternoon.
The goalie faced pressure for most of the 60 minutes as Newington struggled to transition into its offense.
As a result, Sherpa allowed seven goals, but the 12 saves she made told the story of her performance in goal. It could have been much more than the 7-0 loss to Avon.
“She was under a lot of pressure,” Newington head coach Victoria Grubin said. “She works hard and she is good naturally, athletic and aggressive. As a team that struggles in the conference a little bit, she does see a lot of heavy hitters in the year. She does really well with what she’s faced.”
Sherpa especially shined in the first half of play with just three goals against her.
While the goals kept coming for the Falcons, Sherpa had the same mindset in net.
“I just tried to keep my head up and still play as if we were up seven,” Sherpa said. “Their offense was pretty good. Some balls just kind have like went by because personally it was some of my footwork that helped them.”
Newington fell to 2-6-1 with the shutout loss but the Indians senior goalie had a stronger performance than the scoreboard showed.