High School Roundup Sacred Heart improves to 5-0

September 23, 2018

The Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team ran its record to 5-0 with a 4-0 win over visiting Westminster School on Saturday.

Sydney Gallop gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 5:46 mark of the first half. Ryan Smith made it 2-0, with a goal at the 28:21 mark of the second half.

Beth Yeager, who assisted on Gallop’s goal, tallied with 21:40 left to play and added a second goal with 14:45 remaining. Ellie Manriquez assisted on Yeager’s goal.


The Gators improved to a perfect 3-0 by registering a 3-2 comeback win over host Hopkins School in an FAA match.

Greenwich Academy won the match by set scores of 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-9, 15-10.

“We started slow, but gained momentum toward the end of the second game and carried it into the third game,” GA coach Christy Girard said. “We were able to keep them out of system after the second game.”

Alexandra Trofort, Kate Miele, Evie Kay Girard, Madlin Decker and Grace Ryan each powered the Gators to the comeback victory with effective play.


Ridgefield entered Saturday’s girls soccer matchup against Greenwich undefeated and unscored upon through its first five games and it kept both impressive streaks going.

The Cardinals made it difficult for them, but the Tigers found a way to score two second half goals and register a hard-fought 2-0 win at Cardinal Stadium.

With the win, Ridgefield raised its record to 6-0, shutting out each of its opponents. The Tigers have outscored its foes, 24-0, through their first six games.

Greenwich, which was coming off a loss to St. Joseph, after dueling Fairfield Ludlowe to a scoreless draw, is 0-5-1 on the season. Natasha Riek scored both goals for the Tigers.

Riek’s first goal came in the 59th minute. Receiving a pass at the 30, Riek broke away from the defense and found herself in a 1-on-1 situation with GHS goalie Clay Garrett. Riek her shot past a diving Garrrett, giving Ridgefield a 1-0 lead.

Applying pressure, Ridgefield extended its lead to 2-0 with 16:30 remaining in the second half on Riek’s second tally. The first half was evenly played, with both teams generating chances.

Sophomore Sophia Bastek and senior Eduardo had scoring chances in the opening half, while senior Sophia Ruelle helped lead Greenwich’s backline. Ruelle effectively cleared the ball out of harm’s way several times in the first half.

“The first half was great, we had possession most of the half, we kept the ball down and we created a lot of chances through through balls, especially through Sofia and Sam (Sias) passing to players on the wide areas and getting a cross in,” Ruelle said. “Keeping our forwards wide was our main tactic for today.”

Ridgefield began imposing its will more in the second half, behind Riek, Grace Michalowski, Caitlin Slaminko and Claire Middlebrook.

“The second half came down to just simple mistakes that we made,” Ruelle said. “Those are the times we have to focus more and get into position quicker. It’s those little mistakes that hits us. We had a chance against a very good team.”

Lauren Castle made four saves in goal for Ridgefield, while Garrett had nine saves for Greenwich, which visits Staples on Tuesday.

“This is something we can build off of,” Bastek said. “We need to work on a few things technically and we need to make our passes a little bit better, but overall, we are doing well.”

Said GHS coach Simon Rumbold: “Ridefield is a good team, an older team than we are. I’m really pleased to see us hold our own and cause some problems. It’s definitely something we can go forward with.”


Lara Patricio and Leah Atkins each registered one goal and one assist to propel the Tigers to a 4-1 win over host Kennedy Catholic in a non-conference game held on Friday.

Patricio started the scoring in the 19th minute, tallying off a pass from Alana Frederick. Atkins gave Sacred Heart at 2-0 lead, scoring in the 33th minute. Patricio set up the goal.

Isabel DeVita’s goal in the 46th minute, made it 3-0. She scored off an Atkins pass. Justine Housell capped the scoring, converting a shot off a pass from Fernanda Serna in the 70th minute.

Megan Maloney made one save for Sacred Heart. Julia Ennis had 12 saves for Kennedy Catholic.

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