High Schools GA soccer forges tie in finale
A day after winning the FAA soccer tournament title, Greenwich Academy concluded its season with a 1-1 tie against host Westminster School.
The Gators, who won the FAA Tournament title three years in a row, finished their season with a record of 12-3-4. Despite the impressive record, Greenwich Academy was not selected as one of the squads to compete in the eight-team NEPSAC Class A Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.
GA, which went 15-5-1 in 2017, qualified for the tournament last season and in 2015, made the NEPSAC Class A tourney with a record of 11-3-2 — similiar records to this season.
Greenwich Academy coach Alistair Lonsdale was informed by the NEPSAC committee that his team did not qualify for the tournament on Sunday night.
“I’m very surprised with a record that we had that we didn’t make it into the tournament,” Lonsdale said. “The team was obviously, disappointed and sad about it too. We feel we should have made it.”
Northfield Mount Hermon, which was awarded the eighth and final seed of the NEPSAC Class A Tournament, qualified with a record of 9-6-3. Both GA and Northfield Mount Hermon lost to Choate Rosemary Hall (seeded third in the tournament) and Loomis Chaffee School (seeded fifth in the tournament). They both also beat Taft School, but Northfield Mount Hermon defeated Hotchkiss School and Westminster School, while Greenwich Academy dueled Hotchkiss and Westminster to ties.
“This will fuel us for next season, we’re going to come back with another strong season,” Lonsdale said. “We know what it will take to get in next season.”
As for Saturday’s season finale, sophomore forward Paige Lipman’s goal with 15 minutes remaining in the second half gave Greenwich Academy a 1-0 lead. Westminster scored the equalizer with just 30 seconds left to play.
“We had a 1-0 lead and created a lot more chances, we just couldn’t build on that lead,” Lonsdale said.
Juniors Tessa Brooks, Katie Goldsmith and Taylor Lane finished as the team’s leading scorers. Brooks and Lane stepped up with the absence of Goldsmith, who was sidelined the last several games of the season with a leg injury.
Junior Christina Maldonado and sophomore Schuyler Sargent anchored the team’s defensive play, while seniors Karina Toub, Emily Hock and Paige Keating helped lead the midfield effort throughout the season.
“We battled through some injuries and we had a lot of players step up during the course of the season,” Lonsdale said. “It was a great season and we’re glad to end it with another FAA title.”