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High school roundup Yeager lifts Sacred Heart

September 20, 2018

A hat trick from Beth Yeager helped the Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team register another convincing win on Wednesday.

The Tigers upped their record to 4-0 with a 5-0 win over host Taft Schoolin Watertown. Through four games, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 22-0. Sydney Gallop got the scoring going for Sacred Heart, scoring with 25:12 remaining in the opening half.

Yeager tallied with 13:19 left in the first half and Ellie Manriquez scored off a pass from Kate Nemec at the 3:05 mark, making it 3-0.

Yeager, who also had an assist, gave Sacred Heart a 4-0 lead by tallying with 13:15 remaining in the second half. She capped the scoring at the 7:40 mark. Ryan Smith and Caroline Nemec each had one assist in the second half.

Olivia Caponiti had seven saves for the shutout win. Jenna Guglielmi made 21 saves for Taft.

“The team stepped off the bus ready to play today,” Tigers coach Alex Gheorghe said. “Taft gave us a hard fought match and had some skilled players. The overall end-to-end action made it an enjoyable game.”

SACRED HEART GREENWICH GIRLS SOCCER

Sacred Heart Greenwich gave formidable Choate Rosemary Hall all it could handle, as visiting Choate pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 win.

“Choate is a very strong team, but we went into the game believing we could win it, our team has a lot of confidence,” Tigers coach Stuart Smith said. “We left the game disappointed, because we felt as though we could have won, or at least gotten a tie out of it. I’m really proud of our team’s performance. Teams like Choate now know that they are going to get a tough game when they play Sacred Heart.”

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Alana Frederick scored in the 25th minute. Junior Amelia Sheehan, who sent a cross to Frederick, assisted on the goal.

After Choate tied the score at 1-1 in the 30th minute, Sacred Heart went ahead 2-1 on sophomore Lara Patricio’s goal in the 57th minute. Sophomore Fernanda Serna had the assist on the goal. The visitors tallied in the 70th and 75th minute to seize a 3-2 lead.

“The first half, we controlled the play in the midfield and had three good chances to score before they even had one,” Smith said. “We did a good job in creating opportunities.”

Smith credited junior Taylor O’Meara, freshman Lauren Giuriceo, Frederick, Sheehan and sophomore Rachel Keefe for helping lead the team’s solid play.

“We had opportunities to score that second goal after we took the lead, but they ended up tying it at 1-1,” Smith said. “Overall, it was a great performance by our team.”

Sacred Heart visits Kennedy Catholic School on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

GREENWICH ACADEMY VOLLEYBALL

For the second time in as many matches, Greenwich Academy posted a decisive victory, topping School of the Holy Child, 3-0, in a match held on Tuesday.

The Gators won the FAA matchup by set scores of 27-25, 25-21, 25-17. Evie Kay Girard recorded seven aces and 11 kills, while Alexandra Trofort had five aces and nine kills to pace GA (2-0).

Grace Ryan registered four aces and nine kills, while Kate Miele had five kills for the victors. Madlin Decker (four kills, 15 digs) and Valeska Lasky (34 assists, nine digs) also led the Gators.

“Holy Child had a terrific defense and we started out slowly, but our team picked it up and came back with a string of aces,” GA coach Christy Girard said. “We are working on having a faster, stronger start to these matches.”

Greenwich Academy visits FAA foe Hopkins School on Saturday.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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