GREENWICH — As the first two games of the season have clearly shown, the Greenwich High School field hockey team has a long list of options offensively.
After Catherine Veronis tallied twice in the Cardinals’ season-opener, Jennie Piotrzkowski came off the bench and scored two goals, Tuesday, keying another effective performance for Greenwich.
Piotrzkowski’s two goals, along with one tally apiece from Maggie O’Gorman and Samantha Chabot, propelled Greenwich past Trumbull, 4-1, at Cardinal Stadium.
The victory raised Greenwich’s early-season record to 2-0 for coach Ally Orrico, whose squad has displayed plenty of positive signs.
“The girls came out with a lot of energy and put into action what we have been working on in practice,” Orrico said. “It is great to watch them reach the potential we know they can reach at this point in the season.”
The Golden Eagles’ goal was scored by midfielder Kayleigh Fleming off a penalty corner with 13 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the first half.
“It was nice to get our first goal of the season; it’s nice to have that ice-breaker for us,” Trumbull coach Colleen Filush said. “That enabled us to build a little confidence and go out and put some pressure on them during the second half.”
Filush was impressed with what she saw from the Cardinals’ overall play.
“They are so fast,” she said. “They are quick and they are also very solid defensively.”
Said Trumbull senior forward Jess Lipinski: “We started off really strong and we had a lot of corners each time we got into the circle. Hopefully, if we see Greenwich again in the postseason we’ll have a closer game.”
Greenwich took a 1-0 advantage when Chabot scored off a pass from junior forward Paige Finneran with 24:35 left in the opening half. Keeping the pressure on in the Eagles’ circle, the Cards extended their lead at the 16:51 mark after drawing a penalty corner.
Senior defender Beth Williamson drove a shot toward Trumbull goalie Megan McCarthy on the right side and the opportunistic Piotrzkowski got her stick on the ball, tipping it inside the right post.
Following Trumbull’s goal, O’Gorman once again gave GHS a two-goal lead. Open with the ball, she drove her shot from five yards past McCarthy, making it 3-1.
“Our offense is working really well,” said O’Gorman, who helped Greenwich’s attack throughout. “We have positions on offense, but none are set in stone, so we use a lot of movement and switches. We rely on a lot of communication. We’re getting better and better each game.”
Said Orrico: “We are very deep and we have a lot of players who are interchangeable. We don’t like to think of players as starters and non-starters, because we have such depth at each position.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Piotrzkowski added her second goal of the game with the Cardinals in transition, finding her mark with a high shot. Finneran was credited with her second assist.
“We’ve had a great start to the season,” Piotrzkowski said. “We have been working on a few things in practice like moving our feet and working together and it’s going well. I couldn’t ask for a better group to finish my high school career.”
QUOTEABLE: “We were very effective at moving the ball fast,” Cardinals senior Sailor Jiranek said. “Looking up, scanning the field, knowing how to move the ball and utilize our speed and how to get shots off were key. Trumbull was a challenging team that made us step up.”
“Our girls did a good job with our man-on-man defense, locking up the house and making sure the ball got cleared as quickly as possible,” GHS senior starting goalie Emily Gunzburg said.