FAIRFIELD — When you lose nine seniors, including one that scored 80 goals in her career, it’s time to shake up the offense and try some new scenarios, right?
That is exactly what Ludlowe field hockey co-head coach Karen Seltenreich thought, so she put together a totally new offensive scheme for the Falcons thinking those new schemes would make scoring just as easy as it was last season when Ludlowe scored 68 goals and reached the Class L quarterfinals.
Well … after watching the Falcons collect 10 penalty corners and have 18 shots on goal in its season opener against Weston — a 0-0 tie if you’re scoring at home — Seltenreich decided to heck with the new scheme, let’s go back to basics.
That strategy worked as Evelyn Hogarth scored two goals and Hayes Desmond added another as the Falcons defeated Trumbull in an FCIAC matchup 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Taft Field.
“We had a shooting practice after the Weston game because we had 10 corners and 18 shots and didn’t score,” Seltenreich said. “We revised our corners, we went back to basics. For the girls, it got them to feel more confident in what we’ve been doing.”
The return to basics paid dividends in the opening minute as, off a penalty corner, Hogarth took a feed from Desmond and beat Trumbull goalkeeper Meg McCarthy to give Ludlowe a 1-0 lead.
“We kept crashing the circle yesterday on our shooting practice, we put like, 10 defenders in there and made them work so hard and it worked a little today,” Seltenreich said.
For Trumbull, who lost to Wilton 7-2 in its season opener but defeated Westhill 2-0 to head into the Ludlowe match at 1-1, it was another frustrating offensive game for a team that, like Ludlowe, is trying to find some offensive consistency.
“We have a lot of younger players and it’s the combination of a new system and new players up front, our forward line is pretty young and Ludlowe’s got a heck of a defense back there, so…” Trumbull coach Colleen Filush said. “They had a good healthy moment (in the second half), a good chunk of time where they were getting up the field and their passing was great, their communication was great, they just need to continue to build on those things.”
It stayed 1-0 Ludlowe until just under nine minutes to play when Hogarth scored off a scramble in front to make it 2-0 and with 2:51 left, Desmond scored to make it 3-0 Falcons.
“We’ve kind of revamped our offense,” Seltenreich said. “I spent the weekend thinking up a new plan based on this team, so I had to look at what we had, and I know that we can’t play the way we had been playing, so I kind of said, ‘What can we do?’ to make ourselves more offensive.”
The return to basic worked.
“Evelyn has been working on her shot,” Seltenreich said. “She’s got a great shot, she’s one of our captains, so she’s going to be a big key, her and Hayes will help each other in the circle, they’re both really strong.
For Trumbull, who dropped to 1-2, the game plan is simple – work to improve.
“We had some communication breakdowns and there’s a few things that we’re going to learn from this game,” Filush said. “We’re going to work on them and do it better.”
LUDLOWE 3, TRUMBULL 0
TRUMBULL 0 0—0
LUDLOWE 1 2—3
Records: Ludlowe (1-0-1, Trumbull (1-2). Scoring: Ludlowe – Evelyn Hogarth (2 goals), Hayes Desmond (1 goal, 1 assist)