The Greenwich High School girls field hockey team is certainly entering the postseason in top form.
The Cardinals’ will go into the FCIAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed after producing a 14-2 regular season, including a 13-1 mark in conference play.
Greenwich concluded its regular season by edging New Canaan, 2-1, on Senior Night at Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday. Junior Zoe Metalios tallied twice.
“The girls did a phenomenal job all season long,” GHS coach Ally Orrico said. “They play like such a great unit and put everything into action on the field.”
The home team took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Metalios’ goal off an assist from senior quad-captain Sailor Jiranek at the 13:32 mark of the opening half. Greenwich extended its lead to 2-0 when Metalios deflected in a shot off a hard drive by senior quad-captain Maggie O’Gorman on a penalty corner. The Cardinals exhibited well-timed passing on their penalty corners throughout the game.
“This is the best season we’ve had in a long time and it feels really great with it being my senior year,” O’Gorman said. “To leave with this legacy feels great.”
New Canaan applied more pressure as the game progressed and eventually cut Greenwich’s lead to 2-1 with 4:59 to go in the second half. Sophomore Estelle Asker tallied from the right side off a penalty corner. Junior Brielle Connelly initiated the penalty corner with her insert pass.
The visitors couldn’t tally the equalizer in the closing minutes though, as GHS and senior goalie Emily Gunzburg stood strong in goal. Gunzburg made four saves, one of which came with 48 seconds remaining. Seniors Beth Williamson and Abril Martinez-Arraya led the team’s defensive effort. Emily Gaeta, a junior, made seven saves for the Rams (8-7).
“This season has been the best experience for us,” Jiranek said. “We played a really good team tonight and to come out with the win on Senior Night is amazing. During the postseason, we have to keep playing this way — keep the speed up and move the ball.”
Said O’Gorman: “We will have a target on our back being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. So we have to believe that every opponent is as good as us.”