HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP GHS girls soccer team falls to New Canaan
After losing to Wilton in its season-opener, the New Canaan High School girls soccer team was intent on getting off to a quick start against Greenwich on Tuesday.
As their two first-half goals indicated, the Rams did just that Tuesday at Cardinal Stadium.
Sophomore Emma Schuh and senior Kendall Patten each scored in the first half to lead New Canaan to a 3-0 win over Greenwich in an FCIAC matchup. Patten scored the game’s first goal in the second minute. Schuh tallied in the 15th minute, making it 2-0.
“It was a brilliant performance,” Rams coach Rich Hickson said. “After our tough loss against Wilton (2-1 loss) we knew we had to come out here today and work hard to get a positive result. We were able to do that.”
Greenwich (0-2) received solid play in goal from junior Clay Garrett (10 saves), who was pressured a lot in the first half.
“They had a far quicker start than us and it took us time to recover,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “We did recover toward the end of the first half, but it was too much of a gap to make up. We found a way to create more chances.”
Greenwich senior captain/defender Sophia Ruelle said the team made some adjustments that helped as the game went on.
“They had a lot of players in the central area that were able to get those through balls both on the ground and over us,” Ruelle said. “So we had to adapt and get in a position to where we can control both players and the ball from going through. We have a lot of new players on the field, so we’re beginning to work together nicely, learning how each player plays.”
Hickson credited the play of Paterson in goal, who made five saves for the shutout.
”She gives us experience in goal and she is very vocal,” Hickson said.
The Cardinals said they saw some positive signs as the game progressed.
”Our defensive shape changed and we worked more on shifting together and closing those gaps,” GHS tri-captain Samantha Sias said. “It definitely improved our game and made a difference. Toward the middle of the game we were possessing it more and playing more simple.”
Said Cardinals senior tri-captain Sofia Zajec: “I was not expecting the kind of through balls they were playing on their part, that was a good job for them. After the first 10 minutes, which were rough for us, we adapted. We found a way to limit the through balls. We played well, but it’s still frustrating.”