HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP GHS girl soccer team edged by Wilton
Greenwich High played a formidable Wilton girls soccer team to a standstill in the first half of Wednesday night’s matchup, but a pair of second-half goals by Lindsay Groves of the Warriors made the difference.
Groves two tallies lifted Wilton to a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greenwich, which celebrated its Senior Night at Cardinal Stadium.
A senior, Groves’ first goal came with 24:15 remaining in the second half. On the play she lofted a high arcing shot that went over the shoulder of GHS goalie Clay Garrett, giving Wilton a 1-0 lead.
After scoring from 30 yards out on her first goal, Groves second goal came from approximately 35 yards out with 15:18 left to play, making it 2-0.
“We were tough for periods of the gam e, we just had two incredible goals scored on us,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “It’s happened a few times, where players get unbelievable goals against us — over 30 yards out. I thought we had great ball movement today, some of our best ball movement of the season. We created great chances in the first half and some in the second half. It gives us hope going forward.”
Greenwich, which received strong play from sophomore Sophia Bastek and senior captains Sophia Ruelle, Samantha Sias and Sofia Zajec, paid tribute to its seniors on Senior Night.
“Being a captain has been a great experience,” Zajec. “It requires you to keep the morale up, be vocal as a team leader and make sure our team is in the right mindset. “It’s been tough sometimes, but it has been a good experience.”
Said Sias: “I think we had periods tonight, where we were passing it around and playing well. The loss is disappointing, but I think we can take this good play and bring it into our next game. We played well for most of the game.”
Greenwich’s defense was pretty strong throughout.
“I was impressed with how we kept it together, we passed it well,” Ruelle said. “There were just a few times we broke down, which enabled them to penetrate on the defense. Today, we focused on having two outside center backs making sure they mark up on the forwards and always have someone covering and I thnk we did that pretty well.”
Garrett and Katie Large played in goal for Greenwich, which visits Bridgeport Central on Thursday. Ashley Carbonier assisted on both of Wilton’s goals. Gracie Kaplan made five saves in goal in the winning effort.
GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
Getting goals from five different players, the Cardinals notched a 5-0 road win over Wilton in an FCIAC game held on Wednesday.
Greenwich (6-2-3) scored three times over the first 14 minutes of play. Junior Davi Pedreiro’s unassisted goal in the third minute gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Senior Daniel Bourgeois tallied in the fifth minute, making it 2-0. Shoki Araki, a senior, assisted on the goal. Joao Lima, a freshman, gave GHS a 3-0 lead in the 14th minute, while senior Rodane McKenzie added a goal in the 52nd minute. Seniors Thomas Streiff and Christopher Cruz were each credited with assists on McKenzie’s tally.
Senior Kai Jennings sealed the scoring in the 68th minute, with senior Daniel Ubal Barrientos setting him up for the tally. The Cards host Bridgeport Central Friday at 6 p.m.
GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Visiting Trumbull rallied to defeat Greenwich, 3-2, in an FCIAC match held on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles improved to 8-3 overall and 7-2 in FCIAC play. The Cardinals’ record stands at 8-4 overall and 7-3 in the conference.
Trumbull won the match, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 16-14. Senior Carolina Lew registered 10 digs, eight service points and four aces to pace Greenwich.
Erin O’Keefe, a senior, had nine kills, while freshman Adele Sotgiu added 11 kills, eight digs and eight service points for the Cardinals. Senior Gia Alfano had seven kills for four digs for GHS.
“It was a great, hard-fought match between two good teams,” Cardinals coach Steve Lapham said.
Krystina Schueler registered a team-high 17 kills to lead Trumbull. Rachel Hage tallied 15 digs and 10 assists, while Ashleigh Johnson had 11 digs for the victors. Greenwich hosts Westhill on Friday.