Trumbull field hockey defeats Masuk, Hopwood scores two goals

The Trumbull High field hockey team went on the road and defeated non-league rival Masuk High, 2-1, in Monroe on Monday.

Talented sophomore forward Sophia Hopwood scored both goals, including the game-winner in the second minute of the second half to lead Trumbull, which finished with a 17-0 advantage in penalty corners and an 11-3 edge in shots.

Trumbull improved to 6-6 overall with the victory, putting the Eagles one win away from qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2008 when they went 7-8-2 with a first-round loss to Mercy of Middletown.

“We haven’t had six wins in three years put together,” Trumbull head coach Cindy Gallucci said. “Last year we had one win, so for us to even be considered for the states is a huge shift in our program.”

The Eagles had six penalty corners in the first half, but produced no shots. Trumbull’s only goal came from Hopwood off a scramble in front of Masuk goalie Rachel McGinnis (6 saves) in the fourth minute.

Masuk tied it one minute later when senior captain Kayla Porricelli beat Trumbull keeper Kourtney Soderholm on a rebound, converting on one of the few scoring chances the Panthers managed in the game.

The Eagles manufactured a penalty corner in the first minute, the first of 11 in the second half. Hopwood sent the initial pass out to Uus at the top of the circle. Uus sent it right back to the left side of the cage and Hopwood deftly tipped a one-time shot past McGinnis for a 2-1 lead.

See the next edition of the Times for complete game coverage.