Following successful seasons, the Greenwich Academy and Sacred Heart Greenwich soccer teams had numerous players honored for their achievements this fall.
Christina Maldonado and Katie Goldsmith of Greenwich Academy were among the prep school players that were selected as members of the Connecticut Girls Soccer Association All-State Team.
A junior, Maldonado was a standout defender for the Gators, who captured the FAA Tournament championship for the third consecutive season and posted an overall record of 12-3-3.
“Christina was a defensive rock for us in every game,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “She was such a strong defender and was very consistent in every game. She reads the game really well, is good in the air and has the determination and grit to take her game to another level.”
Goldsmith, also a junior, was a dynamic playmaker at the forward position for Greenwich Academy. Like her previous two seasons on the squad, she was one of the team’s leading scorers.
“Katie is a game-changer, she gives you 150 percent every single game,” said Lonsdale, whose squad won the FAA Tournament title by registering a 1-0 win over Greens Fars Academy. “She has the ability to come up with that special in that special moment to help win you a game. All of the other coaches I talked to during the season were raving about her.”
Maldonado was also earned All-WNEPSSA Team honors, along with Greenwich Academy teammate Tessa Brooks. A junior forward, Brooks produced another productive season, tallying a number of clutch goals for GA.
“Tessa had her best season to date,” Lonsdale said. “Every time she goes forward she is a threat and she is such a threat with her left foot. She comes up big in big moments for us and is an absolute nightmare for fullbacks to deal with. She also helped us a lot throughout the season on set pieces.”
Goldsmith, Maldonado, Brooks and junior Taylor Lane were each chosen as members of the All-FAA Team. Lane was also one of Greenwich Academy’s top offensive threats.
“Taylor made huge strides this year,” Lonsdale said. “Every time it was a big game, Taylor came up big. Whether it was scoring a goal, taking a run, or making a tackle — Taylor was a box-to-box player, who never gave up. She has a great attitude and work ethic.”
Karina Toub, who served as a senior co-captain for GA, was an All-FAA honorable mention selection.
“Karina was a four-year player on our team and was one of the focal points of our squad,” Lonsdale said. “She was non-stop out there and consistently gave us a great effort.”
For Sacred Heart, sophomore Fernanda Serna, sophomore Lara Patricio and junior Amelia Sheehan each earned All-FAA Team accolades. Serna was a midfielder, while Patricio sparked the Tigers at forward and Sheehan played multiple positions.
Alana Frederick, a sophomore forward, was an All-FAA honorable mention selection for Sacred Heart, which advanced to the FAA Tournament semifinals.
Junior forward Taylor O’Meara, who helped lead Sacred Heart offensively, made the All-WNEPSSA Team, along with Serna.
The prep school players that were selected as members of the CGSA All-Satte team were: Emilee Adami (Taft), Lily Caso (Suffield Academy), Cici Curran (Choate Rosemary Hall), Charlotte Cyr (Kingswood Oxford), Nicole Davis (Watkinson School), Louisa Essuman (Hotchkiss School), Grace Ferrara (Pomfret School), Madison Fisher (Pomfret School), Kyla Gallagher (Miss Porter’s School), Katie Goldsmith (Greenwich Academy), Laura Gouvin (Miss Porter’s School),
Jenna Hall (Miss Porter’s School), Charlotte Hill (Loomis Chaffee School), Hannah Huddleston (Choate Rosemary Hall), Carlyn Kosienski (Miss Porters School), Patience Kum (Taft), Christina Maldonado (Greenwich Academy), Erin Martin (Choate Rosemary Hall), Ranita Muriel (Christian Heritage School), Lea Panagiotidis (St. Luke’s), Rory Schauder (Pomfret School), Lauren Smida (Loomis Chaffee),
Christina Stone (Loomis Chaffee), Kayla Thomas (Taft) and Sofia Weber (Hotchkiss).