Newtown wins third SWC field hockey title as Izzy Butler scores on two penalty strokes

Newtown field hockey player Izzy Butler scored two goals to lead Newtown to 4-0 win over Barlow in the SWC field hockey final.

Newtown field hockey player Izzy Butler scored two goals to lead Newtown to 4-0 win over Barlow in the SWC field hockey final.

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NEW MILFORD — Newtown coach Ellen Goyda entered the 2021 season confident her team would have success with its depth, talent and experience with 12 seniors.

The three items certainly paid off on Thursday.

Senior Izzy Butler scored the first two goals of the game on penalty strokes and No. 1 Newtown cruised to a 4-0 win over No. 3 Barlow in the SWC Field Hockey championship at New Milford High’s Joe Wiser Stadium.

The Nighthawks won their third SWC field hockey championship. They also won it in 2008 and 2016.

“This was really a 12 player effort with our seniors contributing,” Goyda said. “But our bench came in and stepped up and contributed too. It was a team effort all around and our depth was certainly on display on this game.

“Reagan Schoen played a great overall game for us and set up Izzy’s penalty strokes when she was taken down on her breakaways. The two goals Izzy scored were huge because it took pressure off. We were able to relax and play our game.”

Newtown, (13-4) entered the postseason having outscored opponents 44-9 with six shutouts. Newtown defeated Barlow 2-0 in the regular season on Oct. 20.

Newtown’s first goal of the game was set up by Schoen, who went on a breakaway and was taken down just outside the Barlow goal. Schoen was awarded the penalty stroke and Butler took the shot, sending the ball into the right corner for a 1-0 lead with 1:55 to go in the first quarter.

The second quarter was uneventful with most of the play between the 20-yard lines. The offense picked up in the third quarter with the Nighthawks dominating play on the Barlow end of the field.

Schoen was taken down again off a breakaway and Butler scored on the penalty stroke to give Newtown a 2-0 lead with 3:35 to go in the third quarter. Schoen added another goal with 1:37 to go off a penalty corner for a 3-0 lead.

“Those penalty strokes were a little stressful, but I’m glad I was able to score for my team,” Butler said. “I always go to the right corner on my penalty strokes and that’s the spot I aimed for both times. This championship means so much to all of us. It’s something we all worked hard for this season. This gives us some good momentum going into the state tournament (CIAC Class L).”

The offensive pressure continued in the fourth quarter with Morgan Melillo scoring off a shot in front of the left post for the 4-0 final with 12:57 to go in the game.

Cailyn Sullivan had four saves for Newtown and Kaelin Rising cam in th fourth quarter and made one save. Elizabeth Darmofal had five saves for the Falcons (12-3).


Schoen, who was named the tournament MVP, used her speed to draw the two penalty strokes that Butler took, contributed on defense and helped initiate the transition game from defense to offense.


“I’m so proud of these girls, they worked so hard for this championship,” Goyda said. “Every single girl on this team played their part in this win.”


(at New Milford)

BARLOW 0 0 0 0 — 0

NEWTOWN 1 0 2 1 — 4

Scoring: First quarter—Newtown: Izzy Butler (penalty stroke) 1:55. Third quarter—Newtown: Izzy Butler (penalty stroke) 3:35; Reagen Schoen (unassisted) 1:37. Fourth quarter—Newtown: Morgan Melillo (unassisted) 12:57. Saves: Newtown-Cailyn Sullivan 4, Kaelin Rising 1; Barlow-Elizabeth Darmofal 5.