Berlin field hockey team opens season with a win


By Bart Bachman

TILTON — The Berlin girls’ field hockey team got a bit of revenge with a 3-1 win over Winnisquam Regional High School in the Mountaineers’ season opener Aug. 30.

Winnisquam eliminated Berlin from the playoffs last year.

In the 2017 opener, Jess Vien scored two goals and Molly Sloane scored one for Berlin, while goalie Kate Host stopped nine shots on goal by Winnisquam.

“When we got the momentum offensively, we moved the ball very quickly,” said Berlin Head Coach Nicole Arguin. “We struggled with the transition from offense to defense, and we have some positional strategies we need to tweak and improve on. Winnisquam is very strong offensively and has some girls who can move the ball well and fast. Our defense had to work very hard to contain them to the outside of the field.”

Berlin scored its first goal with just 45 seconds left in the first half.

“The ball came out of the circle,” Arguin said. “Makenna Balderrama hit the ball back into the circle. Emily Coulombe lifted the ball to Jess Vien, who was at the right post.”

Winnisquam scored first in the second half to tie the game at 1-1. But Berlin broke the tie and took the lead for good with 13:48 left.

Vien passed the ball to Molly Sloane, who hit it into the net.

At 9:48, Vien scored her second goal of the game off a scramble in front of the net.

Berlin’s first home game of the season is Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. against Littleton.

The Mountaineers had a 9-5-1 record last year, and 12 players are returning this year.