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Greenwich field hockey tops Norwalk in OT

October 9, 2018

There certainly wasn’t a shortage of goals in Monday’s field hockey matchup between Greenwich and visiting Norwalk, as the rivals traded goals the majority of the game.

Yet thanks to freshman Zita Cohen, the Cardinals had the final say.

Cohen’s goal with 8:19 remaining in the 7-vs.-7 overtime session gave Greenwich a dramatic 5-4 comeback win over Norwalk. The victory raised Greenwich’s record to 7-4, while Norwalk (7-3) lost its second straight.

Cohen’s goal came in transition, after the Cardinals halted a Bears scoring threat.

“It was 7 on 7, we weren’t used to the situations like that, because we have never gone into overtime this season,” Cohen said of her game-winning goal. “Especially me, this is my first time playing for a high school team. We running up the field we saw the opening and I saw the goalie moving toward my side and I received the ball and played it simple.”

Norwalk took a 4-2 edge when Lila L’Archevesque scored off a pass from Lauren Deering with 17:40 left in the second half. The tally came off a penalty corner.

The Cardinals cut the Bears’ lead to 4-3 on a goal from junior Ashley Zolin, who was set up on the play by senior Jennifer Kelly, at the 10:40 mark. Awarded a penalty corner, GHS tallied the equalizer, with the senior Demis Janis getting the goal off an assist from Zolin.

“This win makes them feel good about themselves and they see they can come back from a deficit and win in 7-vs.-7,” GHS coach Ally Orrico said. “It boosts their confidence.”

Norwalk took a 1-0 lead when Tessa Albrecht tallied 6:51 into the opening half. The Bears held the momentum for much of the first half, but Greenwich generated chances toward the end of the opening half, behind senior captains Paige Finneran and Zoe Metalios.

Junior Courtney Swift tied it at 1-1 for the Cards with 7:21 to go in the first half. The visitors regained the lead at 2-1 on Adriana Afisi’s tally at the 26:39 mark of the second half, then made it 3-1 on Albrecht’s second goal with 23:59 left. A goal off a rebound from Janis made it 3-2.

“We were down 4-2 at one point, but we strived for this and I think everyone poured their hearts out on the field,” Finneran said. “We focused on ball movement, stepping up to the ball and just finishing. This is a great turnaround to our season. It only goes up from here.”

Said Metalios: “Everyone was playing timid at the beginning, so we picked it were more intense. It’s our first big win so far, so hopefully we’ll keep moving forward and come out with big wins the rest of the season.”

Jessica Monteiro made 11 saves for Norwalk. Maria Clara Pereira and Jorja Pastore combined to make six saves for Greenwich.

“We are deep with talent across the board at every position,” Orrico said. “They just have to play with confidence. As the game went on, we played with more confidence and began making smart passes.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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