Isabella Tramposch’s goal in the first minute of play was a sign of things to come for the Greenwich High School girls soccer team in its game against Stamford on Thursday.
Greenwich scored three goals in the first half and added four more in the second in its impressive 7-1 victory over Stamford in an FCIAC game at Cardinal Stadium.
The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals (1-6-1). Kim Kockenmeister, a senior forward had one goal and two assists, and junior Paige Sangston each tallied twice for the victors.
“They have all been positive,” GHS first-year coach Simon Rumbold said of his squad. “Our first six or seven games, we played the top teams in the league. Our attitude has been fantastic.”
The Cardinals held a 3-1 lead at halftime, before pulling away in the second half. After Tramposch’s tally in the opening minute off a pass from Kockenmeister, junior Samantha Sias gave GHS a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute.
Senior Katie Gallagher followed by converting a penalty kick in the 26th minute, giving Greenwich a 3-0 advantage. The penalty kick was awarded when Tramposch was fouled.
“I got a little nervous, because I’m usually not the one to take penalty kicks, but I just picked a spot and shot the ball,” said Gallagher, a tri-captain. “The girls and I are excited to start the second half of our season.”
Stamford cut Greenwich’s lead to 3-1 when forward Chanille Assevero scored in the 35th minute. The Cardinals then methodically widened their edge in the second half.
Sangston deposited a shot from 25 yards out past Black Knights goalie Kate Locker in the 38th minute, making it 4-1. One minute later, Kockenmeister struck again, dribbling the ball past a defender before tallying.
“We created a lot of chances and got so many people contributing to the game,” said Kockenmeister, a tri-captain. “This is the win we needed to get to motivate us to do better.”
Sangston scored in the 43rd minute and senior Lindsey Tienken tallied in the 70th minute to seal the scoring for GHS, which received six saves from junior goalie Katie Large.
“I feel like this game was relieving a lot of frustration we had in the beginning of the season,” Cardinals senior tri-captain/defender Melanie Murphy said. “This is definitely a breakthrough for us. We implemented what we worked on in practice.”
Kate Locker made 14 saves in goal for Stamford (0-7). Up next for Greenwich is a road game against Norwalk Monday at 7 p.m.
BRUNSWICK CROSS COUNTRY
The Bruins continued their mastery over FAA opponents. Brunswick’s 20-35 win over Rye Country Day School at Edith Read Sanctuary in Rye, N.Y., extended its winning streak to 67 against FAA foes.
Wes Peisch won the race for Brunswick, crossing the finish line in 18:16. Kyle Raker placed second for the Bruins, posting a time of 18:29. Charlie Garland and Chris Ramos finished third and fourth, respectively for Brunswick, which is 6-0 on the season.
Brunswick will compete in the Cheshire Invitational on Saturday.
GREENWICH ACADEMY VOLLEYBALL
The Gators were defeated by powerhouse King School, 3-0, in an FAA matchup at home.
The Vikings (5-0) won the match by game scores of 25-17, 25-10, 25-19. Ava Robinowitz had nine kills, eight assists and five service points, while Annie Michalski had six service points, three kills and three digs to pace King.
Kelly Conheeney had nine service points and 10 digs, while Christine Nelli had nine service points, five digs and six kills.
For Greenwich Academy (0-4), Kate Miele and Casey Gottlieb each posted three kills. Catherine Burns had three kills and four aces for the Gators.