HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP Greenwich Academy earns shutout over King School
One of the marks of a good team is how it responds following a loss and the Greenwich Academy soccer squad did so in impressive fashion on Thursday.
The Gators followed a season-opening road defeat against Choate Rosemary Hall with a convincing 3-0 win over visiting King School in an FAA game.
Junior forward Tessa Brooks helped make sure GA (1-1) got the win, tallying twice. Katie Goldsmith, a junior forward, registered one goal and one assist for the Gators, who entered halftime with a 2-0 advantage.
“It’s always tough to come back from a game like that (a 7-1 loss to Choate), but I was pleased with our style of play,” Greenwich Academy coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “I feel we had possession about 75 percent of the game, which is good and our shape was good.”
Goldsmith’s goal off a cross from Brooks early in the first half gave GA a 1-0 edge. Receiving a pass from sophomore Rachel Rogers, Brooks put a shot past King goalie Sofie Pasztor (15 saves) from the left side, making it 2-0 in the 31st minute.
“It was definitely important to shake off the loss to Choate not let it get to our head,” Brooks said. “We have a big season coming up and there’s definitely a lot of potential on our team. I think we really started to put together the concepts we do in practice into the game. “We passed the ball well.”
Brooks’ goal with 18:10 remainin was the result of a long ball by Goldsmith. Junior Taylor Lane and senior Karina Toub helped pace GA in the midfield, while junior Christina Maldonado and sophomore Schuyler Sargent anchored the defense for GA.
“Our goal was to focus on playing possession and keep the ball working through other team’s offensive and defensive lines,” Maldonado said.
“We were trying to communicate more and it worked really well,” Sargent said. “We also passed the ball well throughout the game.”
GREENWICH HIGH FIELD HOCKEY
Scoring early and often, Greenwich evened its record at 1-1 with a decisive 6-0 victory over visitin St. Joseph in an FCIAC matchup held Thursday.
Junior Demi Janis and senior Jen Kelly scored two goals apiece to help lead the Cardinals, who led 5-0 at halftime.
“I’m proud of how our team played after a tough loss to New Canaan,” said GHS coach Ally Orrico, whose squad lost to the Rams in its season-opener. “We had a good practice yesterday (Wednesday) and came out with a lot of fire. I’m proud of the adjustments our players made off the New Canaan game.”
Janis opened the scoring with 27:30 left in the first half. She tallied again at the 25:59 mark. Senior Zoe Metalios made it 3-0 with a goal with 24:32 left in the first half and senior Paige Finneran converted a shot at the 14:57 mark.
Kelly capped the first-half scoring with a goal with 1:15 remaining. In the second half, senior Gracie Sunoo set up Kelly’s goal.
“Olivia Hoekman did a nice job of working with Ashley Zolin, Paige Finneran and Katie Piotrzkowski,” Orrico said. “Abril Martinez-Arraya, Katie Walko, and Gigi Imperature were effective in shutting down any attack and counters.”
Greenwich visits Westhill on Friday.
GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS SOCCER
The Cardinals dropped a 2-0 road decision to Darien in an FCIAC game. With the loss, Greenwich is 0-3 on the season.
The Blue Wave scored two early first-half goals.
“It took us a while to get into the, but halfway through the first half we reacted well,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “Darien is physical and they have good defenders, but we created a lot of chances, which is encouraging for our next game.”
Rumbold credited Naomi Kostman and Eduarda Da Silva for leading the team’s effort.
“We created more shots than our first two games, which was good to see,” Rumbold said.
GREENWICH HIGH SWIMMING
The Greenwich High School girls swimming team started its season in impressive fashion, posting a 105-45 road win over Danbury on Wednesday.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Isabella Malchow, Emma Robinson, Caterina Li and Jenna Handali registered a winning time of 1:57.79.
Nicole Ragone gave Greenwich a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, (2:10.02). Teammate Caitlyn Well placed second in 2:14.64. Li was the 200 individual medley winner (2:17.27), while Handali touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle (26.34).
Handali also took first in the 100 freestyle (56.86). Danbury received winning efforts from Grace Lange in the 100 butterfly (1:02.22) and 500 freestyle (5:36.64).
The 200 freestyle relay saw Handali, Daniela Pompa, Lilly Bjerke and June Akpata finish first (1:52.47). Greenwich swam exhibition following the 200 freestyle, but Olivia Baine of GHS had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.28) and Li posted the best time in the 100 backstroke (1:03.26).
GREENWICH BOYS SOCCER
After dueling Brien McMahon to a 1-1 draw in its season-opener, the Greenwich High School boys soccer team had the same result in its game against New Canaan Wednesday night.
A long ball that wasn’t cleared resulted in the first goal of the game scored by New Canaan. The Cardinals (0-0-2) moved the ball to the Rams’ box shortly after the ensuing kickoff and drew a penalty kick. Senior Shoki Araki converted the penalty kick for Greenwich, tying the score at 1-1.
Playing a defensive-minded game, the Rams made it difficult for the Cardinals to apply pressure and create chances.
“Same story as McMahon, except they played a very compact 11 behind the ball,” GHS coach Kurt Putnam said. “He coached his team well to their tactic and despite us having possession 80 percent of the time, it was hard to break them down. We created chances and hit the post, but the chances were not really good ones.”
Greenwich hosts Darien on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Bruins were edged by a formidable Choate Rosemary Hall team on the road Thursday in their season-opener, 1-0.
The Wild Boars scored the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute. Brunswick threatened to tally the equalizer twice in the first half. Christian Barnard sent a cross to Will Maynard, whose header in the box was directed over the bar by Choate’s goalie.
Ben Israel came close to scoring for Brunswick off a shot from 25 yards out in the 36th minute. Harry Barringer made six saves in goal for the Bruins, who were led defensively by Ben Powers, Jack Withstandley and John Dunn.