The Vernon Township High School field hockey team finally got its 2023 campaign under way last week, winning two of its first three games, which were all on the road.
In its season-opener Sept. 11, Makenna Thomas and Jalyn Day each scored, and Emily Getz posted the shutout with eight saves in a 2-0 victory at Hackettstown.
Two days later, Vernon was edged by Lenape Valley, 1-0, despite holding a 15-10 edge in shots. Getz again starred, with a nine-save effort.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, Bailey Mann record a hat-trick with three goals while Day added the other tally in the win against Pequannock, 4-0. Getz posted her second shutout of the week with five stops.
Vernon (2-1) is scheduled to play host to Newton at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 before hosting High Point at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
Here is how other Vernon sports teams fared last week:
Vernon continued its torrid start, earning three victories last week to remain undefeated in 2023.
On Sept. 12, Monica Curry totaled three goals and three assists, and Kayli O’Rourke added two goals. Grace Dobrzynski also connected, and Caitlin Hart made two saves in a 6-0 victory over North Warren at home.
At Hoptacong on Sept. 14, Curry had three goals and an assist and Dobrzynski and Lily Henderson also found the back of the net to fuel a 6-1 win.
Finally, Vernon pulled away from a tied game at the half to earn a 4-2 decision at Hackettstown on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Curry, a sophomore, posted her fifth straight three-goal game, giving her 15 goals this season. Alexis McCarthy also scored while Hart was outstanding in goal with nine saves.
Vernon (5-0) is scheduled to play at Warren Hills at 11 a.m. Sept. 23.
Vernon went 0-2-1 in three games last week.
The Vikings tied North Warren, 3-3, on Sept. 12 in Blairstown.
Zack Mountain scored twice, and Gavin Lewis added a goal as Vernon held a 3-0 lead at the half.
Mountain now leads the team in scoring with three goals, with Lewis adding two goals and two assists. Sebastian Alvarez (one goal, one assist) and Nick Heinzinger (one goal) round out the scorers.
Vernon (0-4-1) is scheduled to play at Newton at 10 a.m. Sept. 23.
After suffering a season-opening 5-0 loss at Blair on Sept. 12, the Vikings bounced back with a 3-2 decision at High Point on Sept. 13.
Karolina Czerhoniak (third singles), Kaymenia O’Brien and Nicole Charuka (first doubles), and Emily Minteer and Brooke Giessuebel (second doubles) each won their respective flights to key the victory.
Vernon is scheduled to play at Hopatcong at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
The Vikings earned their first victory of the season on Sept. 12 with a straight set victory at Whippany Park.
The team won, 25-21, 25-13. It was led by Kaylie Orlando (12 assists, one kill), Gabi Sierpinski (four kills, one dig), Madison Andriola (nine digs, four kills), Kaitlyn White (one kill, one ace), Alexa Gentile (one assist, three aces), Shelby Caltabilotta (one dig), Elizabeth Peek (one ace) and Miranda Ebbighausen (three aces).
Vernon (1-3) will play at Hackettstown at 4 p.m. Sept. 21.