With the regular season winding down in each fall sport, it is indeed time for teams to begin peaking and Greenwich Academy’s soccer squad is certainly on such a pace.
The postseason commences in a week-and-a-half for GA, which continued its late-season success streak on Wednesday.
Tallying three unanswered goals after visiting Loomis Chaffee scored the equalizer, Greenwich Academy recorded an impressive 4-1 Senior Day victory.
Unbeaten in its last five games, the Gators improved their mark to 9-3-3, heading into Friday’s road game against FAA foe St. Luke’s School.
Sophomore Lauren Harteveldt, junior Paige Lipman and seniors Katie Goldsmith and Tessa Brooks scored one goal apiece for Greenwich Academy, which held a 2-1 halftime advantage.
“This was one of our biggest games of our season, we have been talking about it for a while,” said Brooks, a forward. “We’ve been getting up for it in practice. We thought with the energy and determination we had, could beat them. So it’s been a long time coming and we’re really happy with the result.”
Loomis Chaffee (4-6-1) received a goal from junior forward Charlotte Hill.
“The first half was strong, they got on the board quickly and we recovered really well,” Loomis coach Linda Hathorn said. “Then we got a little soft on the corners.”
The Gators took a 1-0 edge when Harteveldt knocked a shot from deep in the box, past Loomis junior goalie Lauren Morrissey in the 20th minute. Harteveldt’s tally came shortly after teammate Rachel Rogers’ throw in.
Quickly moving the ball up field, Loomis knotted the score at 1-1 with 16:01 left in the opening half. Sophomore Stefanie Stoj crossed the ball to a cutting Hill, who finished in front of the net.
Less than two minutes later, Lipman scored the go-ahead goal. Brooks sent her corner kick into the box and Lipman got her foot on it in traffic and tallied, making it 2-1 with 14:25 remaining in the first half.
In the second half, the Gators imposed their will. Creating space for herself, Brooks converted a shot from approximately eight yards out while on a strong run, giving GA a 3-1 advantage in the 47th minute. Goldsmith’s the squad’s leading goal scorer, tallied in the 54th minute, as she ran on to a through ball to give the home team a 4-1 lead on its Senior Day.
“I’m really happy, we are now able to start strong,” Goldsmith said. “That was a struggle of ours early in the season, not starting out too strong. So we’re happy about that and the way we have progressed.”
Junior Ella Fugelsang made four saves in goal for Greenwich Academy, which was sparked defensively by senior co-captain Christina Maldonado and in the midfield by senior co-captain Taylor Lane.
Morrissey made seven saves for Loomis Chaffee, which visits Westminster School on Saturday.
Brooks, Chloe Burraway, Goldsmith, Lane, Maldonado and Kayla Tillman were honored by their teammates following the game during a Senior Game ceremony.
“The credit is all due to the 22 players on this team,” Lane said. “They did it for their seniors today and we are so proud of them, every single one of them. Lauren Harteveldt scores the first goal, which was so huge, she’s been such a force for us this season. Then Katie, Tessa and Paige finished it off.”