Some of Shelton High\u2019s first varsity field hockey competitors played their final games this week. Sophomores when the program went from club to varsity status in 2016, seven players were honored on Senior Night when the Gaelettes fell 3-0 to North Haven last week. \u201cWe\u2019re going to miss the seniors,\u201d said Bob Ayer, who co-coaches the team along with Jeff Napoli. \u201cThey did a lot to teach the younger girls, and we\u2019re looking to continue to get better.\u201d Shelton (0-15) narrowly missed a chance at its first win in a road game earlier in the week against North Haven, falling 2-1. Gianna D\u2019Angelo, assisted by Gianna Maurati, had Shelton\u2019s goal. \u201cWe go out strong every game and take what we get,\u201d said D\u2019Angelo, a captain, of how the team handles competing against more established programs. The Gaelettes kept plugging away and nearly found the back of the cage in Thursday\u2019s rematch with the Indians. Yasmeen Dabiran used her stick skills to get around a few defenders, and create some scoring chances. Shelton generated a trio of penalty corner inserts and seven shots on goal but couldn't break through. Regardless of outcome, the Gaelettes are enjoying learning the game and competing. \u201cEven though we lose, it\u2019s a fun game to play,\u201d captain Jessica Perley said. \u201cIt\u2019s a family, not just a team.\u201d When asked how much she will miss her playing days at SHS, Kaylee Persson, another captain noted \u2014\u00a0"I\u2019ve been here from the beginning. We started the program.\u201d And the Gaelettes certainly put forth an effort. \u201cThey work their butts off,\u201d said Napoli, adding that the seniors have been great leaders and all of the team members have tried their best. \u201cThey lead the way every game. Top to bottom, they\u2019ve worked hard to get better. The girls never quit.\u201d Shelton has a large contingent of prospective returning players, including junior Ashley Kearns, who played goal against North Haven and made a baker's dozen saves. Seniors who will leave shoes to fill are Maria Curran, D\u2019Angelo, Dabiran, Perley, Persson, Alexis Thompson and Hayley Tranner.