In a tight battle that went down to the wire, the Cardinals’ Carolyn Paletta scored the go-ahead goal with under two minutes to play to pull out the victory. Greenwich added a goal right at the final buzzer that the refs credited to make it a 13-11 final.
“Team fought right down to the end,” Warde head coach Tom Davis said. “Nobody thought we were going to be in this game. We played our hearts out; we played a great game.”
Warde (7-2-1) came in ready to make a statement as they jumped out to a 3-1 advantage and took control with a dominant defense and an offense that was clicking early.
Greenwich cut the lead to 3-2, but the Mustangs scored the next three, including a great play where Caroline Lambert found teammate Sarah Reilly who flicked it home for the score.
Greenwich found some offense late in the half, scoring two goals to make it 6-4 at the half.
“I mean, we came off such a strong game on Saturday (against Darien) and then to come out and drop our level of play again it’s frustrating,” Greenwich head coach Caitlin Keane said.
Greenwich came out in the final 25 minutes playing an aggressive style, utilizing their speed and a more amped up effort.
Greenwich scored three straight second-half goals to take its first lead of the game, 7-6. But to Warde’s credit they came right back. Hannah Doughtery answered with 17:44 left to tie the game.
The two clubs traded the next few goals, as Greenwich took its largest advantage 11-9 with less than nine minutes.
But Warde freshman Courtney Scheetz scored to bring them within one. With less than four minutes Scheetz again came up big as she made a beautiful curl around the left side of the cage and flicked it in to tie the game at 11.
From there, Warde did its best to gain possession but Greewich’s Paletta was able to score the eventual game-winner.
Despite the loss, Davis focused on the positives.
“This is a big learning experience that they can play with the big teams,” Davis said.
Greenwich (5-4) was paced by Paletta’s five goals while Maddy Graves added two.
Warde received a balanced effort as Reilly scored three goals, and a handful of underclassmen contributed. Amanda Orvis finished with three goals, Scheetz had three goals and one assist and Meredith Nerreau added one goal.
Goalie Rebekah Snitkoff had a huge game, finishing with 10 saves.
“They’ve risen to the occasion,” Davis said. “Rebekah, she made some great saves. She kept us in the game, especially early. Even though we lost, it’s a positive experience.”
The Mustangs will look to continue their momentum as they go on the road to face St. Joes, Westhill and Norwalk. Next Thursday they host Darien.
“We’re getting better and better as we go along,” Davis said. “I don’t think people can wipe us away anymore and say we’re not a good team.”