Greenwich overcame a three-goal halftime deficit, forced overtime, then defeated host Wilton, 7-6, in overtime in an early-season FCIAC matchup on Saturday night.
Senior attack Jack Feda tied the score at 6-6 with four seconds remaining in the second half and sophomore attackman Will Montesi tallied the game-winning goal in overtime. With the comeback victory, the Cardinals raised their record to 3-0. Wilton’s record stands at 1-2. The Warriors also suffered a tough 7-6 overtime loss to John Jay (N.Y.) High School this week.
On Feda’s game-tying tally, senior Lance Large sent a pass to the crease where Feda was positioned and Feda put a short shot past Warriors senior goalie Andrew Calabrese, making it 6-6 with just four seconds left in regulation. In overtime, Wilton gained possession by winning the faceoff, ran a play and registered a shot on goal, but Cardinals junior goalie Padraig Colligan made a key save, enabling his squad to get the ball. Colligan made 12 saves for the victors.
“Padraig played great, making a couple of acrobatic saves during the game,” GHS coach Bobby Lutz said. “It was a breakout day for him. He showed a lot of composure like our whole team did.”
On the game-winning goal, Montesi carried the ball down field and converted a left-handed shot from the perimeter, giving the Cardinals their third win in as many games. The Warriors entered halftime with a 3-0 advantage.
“Their goalie (Calabrese) is great and we couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Lutz said. “We had a tough time getting going offensively in the first half. The second half we made some adjustments and we put Feda in different areas.”
Senior Matt Davey had two goals and one assist in the second half, while Large tallied three times. Montesi scored in the second half and added his game-winner in overtime. Lutz credited Tyler Dietrich, Jack Ludington and Chris Cataldo for helping pace the squad’s sound defensive play.
Greenwich will look to go 4-0 when it hosts rival Ridgefield (1-1) on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
“Trumbull was a good test for us in our first game of the season and we did well against Wilton, so if we can beat Ridgefield, that will put us in the conversation in the FCIAC,” Lutz said. “Ridgefield is a very talented team and it should be a great game.”