MORRISTOWN – Morristown High School field hockey head coach Katherine DeBiasse has been preaching mental toughness to her team.

While the Colonials fell to 0-2 on the season following Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to West Morris Central, a team that has not surrendered a goal in four games to start the season, there were teachable moments for DeBiasse’s group.

“When a goal gets scored it’s sometimes how you react to how a goal is scored,” DeBiasse said. “We’re working on it. We played a nice game. I’m proud of them. It’s hopefully up from here.”

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Following a scoreless first half, the Wolfpack put in three goals in the second half, with two coming from Sarah Bietka.

Morristown goalie Emily Practhauser was credited with 10 saves.

DeBiasse said right now, she’s looking for a type of grit that will result in goals and generating more opportunities.

“We’re working on mental toughness, grit, working with each other and having that synergy that we’re looking for,” she said. “Hopefully that starts to click soon.”

West Morris turned it up a notch in the second half.

“I told them it’s time to wake up,” said West Morris head coach Courtney Barnett of her halftime message. “I told them to not waste an opportunity to put on this jersey. We have
a big senior group. We talk about how fast it goes and every chance you get you have to capitalize on.”

Sophia Prata gave West Morris a 1-0 lead with 28 minutes remaining. Bietka then put in two goals later in the half.

“I saw second effort (in the goals),” Bietka said. “We had good pressure in the circle and rebounds off the goalie.”

Next up for Morristown a road game against Randolph on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.


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