HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP St. Joseph overwhelms Greenwich in FCIAC girls soccer matchup
Receiving two goals apiece from three different players, St. Joseph kept its unbeaten season going, defeating Greenwich, 7-1, in an FCIAC matchup on Thursday at Cardinal Stadium.
Senior Jessica Mazo, sophomore Maddie Fried and sophomore Nina Pizzicarola each tallied twice to power the Cadets. With the win, defending FCIAC champion St. Joseph improved its record to 4-0-1.
The Cadets have yielded only three goals over its first five games, while scoring 28. After a scoreless 12 minutes of play, St. Joseph took a 1-0 lead on Greenwich on Mazo’s goal off a cross from Fried.
Mazo converted a shot from 20 yards out, shortly after, making it 2-0. Sophomore Sophia Lowenburg put a shot past GHS goalie Clay Garrett from 30 yards out and Fried tallied off a corner kick, putting the visitors in front, 4-0.
Pizzicarola added a pair of first-half goals and Fried scored after receiving a cross from Andriana Cabral, giving the Cadets a 7-0 halftime advantage.
“For the first time this year we played as a unit,” Cadets coach Jack Nogueira said. “The first three, four games there was a lot of individual play and it showed. Today, our team was aggressive and they were taking chances. This is something we can build on.”
Greenwich, which is 0-4-1 following the loss, got its first goal of the season on Thursday. Sophomore Carly O’Brien scored following a free kick from sophomore Kristen Berzolla with 9:57 remaining in the second half.
“I was very pleased the first 10 minutes, we were causing them problems and havin some good plays going up the field,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “We just had a 20-minute period where we didn’t do the things we needed to do to stop them. When you give Mazo and somoe of the players they have chances they are going to score goals.”
Garrett made eight saves in goal, while sophomore Grace Hickey made three saves for the victors.
“When teams have two and three players who can score like St. Joe has it makes it difficult,” Rumbold said. “The first 10 to 15 minutes we looked good, but you can’t go through periods of play during the game like we did at this level.”
Greenwich hosts Ridgefield Saturday at 12 p.m. St. Joseph visits Wilton at 4 p.m.
Brunswick dropped a 1-0 decision to defending NEPSAC champion Loomis Chaffee on the road in a game held on Wednesday.
The Bruins (0-2-1) are in action again on Saturday against Deerfield Academy.
The lone goal of the came in the sixth minute of action, as a through-ball from a Loomis midfielder was handled by a Pelican striker and laid off to a Loomis teammate near the penalty stripe for the tally.
While the Bruins were outshot 13-5 and trailed in corners 6-2 they had an opportunity to score the equalizer in the second half. In the 42nd minute, Freddy Gazal sent a cross into the Loomis 6-yard box that was just out of the reach of a streaking Chisom Okpara.
Brunswick’s Michael Huber had three shots on goal, with his best chance coming in the 87th minute. Ahead of the play, Gazal drew a penalty just outside the 18-yard box. Huber took the kick and drilled a low-strike past the wall, but Loomis’ goalie made an impressive save to secure the 1-0 advantage.
Brunswick’s Harry Barringer made eight saves in goal.