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field hockey Cardinals bounce back

September 20, 2018

Despite falling to a strong Mamaroneck (N.Y.) squad on Saturday, the Greenwich High School girls field hockey team exhibited some positive signs, which it carried over into its next game against Trumbull.

“We lost 3-0 to Mamaroneck, but the game was much closer than the score indicated,” Cardinals coach Ally Orrico said. “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, but we did create opportunities for ourselves.”

Greenwich continued to create scoring chances during its road game against Trumbull on Monday night and this time, it lit the scoreboard.

Receiving scoring from four different players, the Cardinals raised their record to 3-2 with a 4-1 win over host Trumbull in an FCIAC matchup. Greenwich is in action again against a formidable Staples squad on Friday at 4 p.m.

“We will have a big challenge on Friday against Staples,” Orrico said. “We have a lot of tough games coming up, but right now our team is just focused on Staples.”

In its triumph against Trumbull, Greenwich received first-half goals from junior Demi Janis and seniors Jen Kelly and Zoe Metalios. Senior Sam Chabot sealed the scoring with a second-half goal.

Trumbull took a 1-0 lead with an early first-half goal.

“After losing to Mamaroneck, the team let it roll off their shoulders and came back strong,” Orrico said. “They learned what they needed to do to finish and after Trumbull scored that first goal, the team went right at it and went on a tear. We had about six corners in the first half and five in the second, so were being aggressive.”

Through their first five games, the Cards have been sparked defensively by seniors Abril Martinez-Arraya and Katie Walko and in the midfield by senior Paige Finneran and Metalios.

Ashley Zolin (junior), Zita Cohen (freshman), Olivia Hoekman (senior) and Katie Piotrzkowski (junior) have displayed their versatility in aiding the Cardinals.

“The key word with our team is versatile,” Orrico said. “We have some versatile players, who give us the options to do certain things. We are starting to build our chemistry and then I think we will be a dangerous team moving forward. I’m pleased with the commitment of the girls. They are energized and focused on what we need to do to succeed.”

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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