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HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP Greenwich blanks St. Joseph

September 22, 2018

A pair of goals by Francisco Liguori helped power the Greenwich High School boys soccer team past St. Joseph, 3-0, in a game held in Trumbull on Friday.

Arriving at 4:25 p.m. for a 4:30 p.m. game due to traffic, the Cardinals had to quickly warm-up and proceeded to grind their way to victory.

“It was a scrappy game,” GHS coach Kurt Putnam said. “We had about 15 minutes to warm-up and then it turned out to be the type of game where we had to battle to get the job done.”

Liguori scored the game’s first goal in the 20t minute. His second tally came in the 50th minute, following a Greenwich free kick. Senior Dan Bourgeois’ sealed the scoring nicely finishing a play in the 65th minute.

Jimmy Johnson made three saves for the shutout win.

“We created a bunch of opportunities and were able to wear them down after a while,” Putnam said.

Greenwich (2-1-2) visits rival Ridgefield on Monday at 4 p.m.

GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS SWIMMING

The Cardinals won their fourth straight meet to start the season, defeating visiting Norwalk/McMahon, 107-71 on Friday.

Greenwich’s 200-yard medley relay team of Samantha Ennis, Meghan Lynch, Hannah Seward and Kortney Knudsen touched the wall first in 1:53.61.

Laura Diagnault was the 200 freestyle winner for Norwalk/McMahon (1:59.58) and Emma Robinson gave GHS a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:19.36).

Seward took first in the 50 freestyle (25.47), edging Norwalk/McMahon’s Ashley Calderon (25.60). Annabelle Pollack won the diving event once again for the Cardinals, earning 264.45 — a point total that rises with each meet.

Seward won the 100 butterfly in 58.31, followed by Lynch (59.09). In the 100 freestyle, Greenwich’s Jenna Handali took top honors, registering a time of 56.29. Lynch swam a different event than normal, the 500 freestyle. But she went out and won the event in 5:09.45. Ennis was the 100 backstroke winner (1:03.60), while Norwalk/McMahon’s Megan Sanders placed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.92).

Greenwich had a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.60) and Norwalk/McMahon won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:56.82.

“Overall, I’m very happy with the effort and results for today’s meet,” GHS coach Lorrie Hokayem said. “I’m looking forward to a tough matchup with Ridgefield on Wednesday.”

GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Greenwich was edged by defending state champion Staples, 2-1, in a tough FCIAC matchup in Westport on Friday.

After the Wreckers took a 1-0 lead with 16:21 remaining in the first half, Greenwich tied the score at the 20:34 mark of the second half. Demi Janis scored the equalizer for the Cardinals off an assist from Paige Finneran.

Staples then scored the go-ahead goal with 15:14 remaining in the second half.

“It was a great back-and-forth game,” GHS coach Ally Orrico said. “We had a couple of corners at the end of regulation and had a couple of opportunities to tie it up. Our team gave a phenomenal effort. Zoe Metalios and Paige Finneran did such a great job of controlling possession, controlling the midfield and providing a great presence out there. Katie Walko and Abril Martinez Arraya were very strong in the back.”

Greenwich is in action again on Monday against visiting Stamford.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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