SACO — It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Thornton Academy forward line needed a little time to come together early in the field hockey season.

With Bella Robinson moving from center forward to right wing and Taylor Ouellette still getting up to speed following an ankle injury that sidelined her much of the preseason, the Trojans could be expected to sputter.

Instead they have 15 goals in three games, including a 5-0 victory Wednesday night against Bonny Eagle.

Ouellette had three goals, Cat Henaire one with two assists, and Robinson added an assist and was involved in a couple others with rushes down the wing.

Ouellette, Robinson and Henaire have totaled 11 goals this season for the Trojans, the defending Class A South champions.

“This was a good game for (Ouellette) to build confidence back up after missing much of the preseason,” said Thonton Coach Lori Smith. “Cat Henaire, she does a lot of work for us right in front of the net. (She and Taylor) are working well together. And Bella Robinson … I have been impressed with her this year.”

The game started slowly with most of the play in the middle of the field. The Trojans (2-0-1) finally broke through when Henaire tucked in a shot that went off a defender.

Two minutes later, with 5:27 left in the half, Ouellette took a pass from Robinson and scored from 5 yards.

“(During) a timeout we talked about picking up the tempo,” said Ouellette, who scored once in a 7-0 opening win over Deering. “We all knew we could play faster. I think in the beginning we were kind of settling (for the slower play).”

Scots Coach Noelle Surrette felt her team (0-2) played well for much of the game.

“It’s a 60-minute game and we played 45 minutes of good field hockey,” said Surrette. “And it’s that 15 minutes where we had lapses that allowed them to break the game open.”

Surrette said Bonny Eagle played hard and didn’t give in despite the score.

“We knew coming into this game that Thornton is a very high-skill level team. We expected spurts of offense like that,” she said. “I think we continued to keep our heads up the entire game. We kept up the intensity. “

In the second half Ouellette made it 3-0 when she batted in a waist-high pass from Henaire.

Claire Decker followed with a goal 2:18 later when she poked in a rebound. The final goal came when Robinson drove hard down the right wing, then hit Henaire with a short pass before Ouellette ended up with the ball alone at the far side of the net.

Strong midfield play Natalie Bushey and Maddie Corbett of Bonny Eagle helped keep the game scoreless for much of the first half.

The Scots put in freshman goalie Chloe Owen for the final 18:09 of the game and she kept the Trojans scoreless with six aggressive saves, most of them from in close.

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