The first round of the FAA Soccer Tournament began in impressive fashion for top-seeded Greenwich Academy and third-seeded Sacred Heart Greenwich.
The Gators advanced to the semifinal-round with a 2-1 home win over eighth-seeded Greens Farms Academy. The Tigers moved onto the semifinals by downing sixth-seeded Holy Child, 6-1.
Greenwich Academy hosts St. Luke’s in Wednesday’s semifinals. Sacred Heart will travel to second-seeded Hopkins School for Wednesday’s semifinal-round.
In the Gators’ victory against Greens Farms Academy, they took the lead with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. Sophomore Tessa Brooks’ corner kick was knocked into the Dragons’ goal by GFA player, making it 1-0. Three minutes later, sophomore Chloe Burraway tallied off a pass from sophomore Taylor Lane, putting GA on top, 2-0.
“We had a lot of possession and chances in the first half, but we couldn’t find the end product,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “Any playoff game is going to be tied and tight with nerves and tension. But we did what we needed to do to get to the next round.”
Senior Grace Surgent, sophomore Christina Maldonado and Burraway each paced the Gators’ strong play.
“It should be a good matchup against St. Luke’s on Wednesday,” Lonsdale said. “It always works out that way.”
Sacred Heart took a 2-0 lead into halftime en route to their triumph against visiting Holy Child. Sophomore Amelia Sheehan converted senior Stephanie Jordan’s free kick, giving the Tigers a 1-0 edge in the 28th minute.
In the 35th minute, senior Erin Cleary tallied off a pass from Sheehan, putting the Tigers on top, 2-0.
“We started getting our passing game going in the 20th minute,” Sacred Heart coach Stuart Smith said. “It took a set piece on a free kick from Stephanie and a good volley from Amelia to settle us down. Once we got a goal we played better and connected as a team.”
Cleary scored again in the 47th minute off an assist by sophomore Leah Atkins and in the 65th minute, freshman Alana Frederick added a goal for Sacred Heart. Atkins’ breakaway goal capped the Tigers’ win.
“Getting that second goal before halftime put us in control,” Smith said. “We had some outstanding performances today from our younger players.”
Sacred Heart lost to Hopkins in double overtime of last year’s FAA Tournament quarterfinals.
“I’m pleased that we took a step forward this year,” Smith said. “It should be a really good game.”
SACRED HEART VOLLEYBALL
The Tigers advanced to the semifinal-round of the FAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over visiting Masters School in the tournament’s quarterfinals.
Senior Ellie McKenney posted 13 kills, 26 digs and five aces, while senior Laura Holland registered seven kills, two blocks, three aces and five digs for the victors.
Sacred Heart won the match by set scores of 25-23, 25-5, 25-18.
“Masters came out strong in the first set and kept us on our toes,” Tigers coach Beth Wilson-Jordan said. “We are excited to move onto the next round.”
Natalia Pazos added three kills, 18 assists, 16 digs, one ace and one block in the winning effort. Second-seeded Sacred Heart hosts third-seeded Holy Child Wednesday in the semifinals.
GREENWICH ACADEMY FIELD HOCKEY
In a game held Sunday against visiting Deerfield Academy, the Gators prevailed, 3-1. Grace Schulze opened the scoring for Greenwich Academy, tallying off an assist from Karina Schulze.
Karina Schulze scored off passes from Sofia Viola and Manveer Sandhu, making it 2-0. Grace Schuzle scored again in the second half, with Karina Schulze getting the assist.
GA held a 7-1 advantage on penalty corners and outshot Deerfield 11-7. Isabella Santucci had four saves and Maggie Reville stopped four shots in the win. Up next for Greenwich Academy is the FAA Tournament. It will host a semifinal-round game on Wednesday.
BRUNSWICK WATER POLO
The Bruins topped Suffield (14-10) and Choate (19-9) on Saturday at Suffield, finishing the regular season with a 21-2 overall record and 9-0 against NEPSAC foes. Up next for the Bruins is the NEPSAC’s Liquid Four Tournament, hosted by Brunswick at the Mehra Natatorium on Nov. 11.
In the Suffield contest, Brunswick was paced by Keegan Drew’s three goals, while Michael O’Malley and Danny Taylor added two goals apiece. Seven other Bruins added solo tallies, as Brunswick goalie Christian Hartch made 17 saves.
Against Choate, Nico Apostolides had five goals, while Drew, Peter Mullen and Simon Derby each netted two.
The Bruins, winners of the last three NEPSAC titles, will host the Liquid Four in the Mehra Natatorium for the first time