Barnegat Field Hockey Finding its Way

It’s been an up-and-down season thus far for the Barnegat field hockey team.

In its last game, Donna Polhemus tallied two goals and Meghan Iurato and Jade Rivera each added a score apiece to lead Jackson Liberty to a 4-0 victory over Barnegat last Friday in Jackson.

Barnegat (6-8-0) has dropped two straight and four of its last six games, after starting the season 3-2 in its first five.

All of Barnegat’s eight losses thus far this season have been by shutout.

“While 6-8 does not sound great, it is actually already a huge improvement from last year. Teams are taking us way more seriously because our skills have improved. But the way we can turn it around is by ‘showing up,’ and what I mean by that is this year we focused on being present for the full 60 minutes of the game, both mentally and physically by keeping the pressure on the other team and our intensity level high,” said Barnegat head coach Trish Winkle, who is in her third season at the helm. “Lastly, to execute; we’ve struggled with that in the last few games and are looking to get back to where we were early on in the season.”

Sophomore forward/midfielder and co-captain Shannon Schiverea leads the team in scoring with four goals and five assists and senior forward/midfielder and co-captain Rebekah Santos has added four goals with one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Brooke West has three goals and two assists and sophomore defender Maddie Schleicher has chipped in a goal with two assists.

The Bengals are 5-3 at home and 1-5 on the road.

Four games are on tap this week as Barnegat hosts Pinelands on Tuesday, October 10, visits Manchester Township on Thursday, hosts Toms River East Friday and visits Neptune on Monday, Oct. 16.