Scoring early and often, the Greenwich Academy soccer team topped visiting Kent School, 6-0, on Saturday. The Gators (8-3-3) went into halftime with a 4-0 lead.
Senior forward Katie Goldsmith tallied two goals and two assists to ignite the Gators. She has six goals in the team’s last three games. Junior Brecon Welch scored GA’s first goal 20 seconds into the opening half.
“Katie crossed it from the right side and I was in the 6-yard spot and I hit it in the left corner on a volley,” Welch said. “Everyone played really well today. Sometimes we’ve had a tough start at the beginning of games, but today we scored a lot of goals in the beginning.”
Goldsmith set senior forward Tessa Brooks up for a tally early in the first half, delivering a cross to Brooks. Greenwich Academy’s next two goals came from Goldsmith. Brooks assisted on Goldsmith’s second goal.
Elizabeth Burdick scored off an assist from Lauren Harteveldt and Margaret Maruszewski capped the Gators’ scoring with a tally in the second half.
“The team performed really well,” said GA sophomore Ava Butz, who helped lead the squad’s strong effort. “Everyone got to rotate new positions and everyone did a really nice job. It was a full team effort today. Coming out strong like we have the past two games will help us in our next games.”
SACRED HEART GREENWICH SOCCER
Sacred Heart Greenwich was edged by visiting Miss Porter’s School, 2-1, on its Senior Day on Saturday.
Miss Porter’s goals came in the 35th and 52nd minutes. Amelia Sheehan’s goal in the 45th minute tied the game at 1-1 for Sacred Heart. Taylor O’Meara assisted on Sheehan’s tally.
Daphne Hartch made three saves in goal for Sacred Heart, which also received four saves from Megan Maloney. Molly Andrews and Laura Gouvin scored goals for Miss Porter’s. Jenna Hall played in goal for the victors.
“We were in the game the entire time, going to-to-toe with one of the best teams in New England, so this performance gives us a lot of confidence going into next week’s FAA games,” Tigers coach Stuart Smith said. “It was our Senior Day, so I’m happy we were able to produce such a strong performance for them today, because they’ve given so much to our program.”
GREENWICH GIRLS SWIMMING
The Cardinals added another convincing win to their ledger, swimming past St. Joseph, 117-63, on Saturday in Trumbull.
The victory raised Greenwich’s record to 8-0 with one meet remaining in its regular season. Sophomore Olivia Baine won the 200-yard individual medley for Greenwich and senior teammate June Akpata took first in the 50 freestyle (26.90 seconds).
Junior Julia Lucey was the 100 butterfly winner (1:05.56) for Greenwich. In the 100 freestyle, GHS junior Lilly Bjerke touched the wall first in 54.82 seconds, teammate Daisy Decker, a freshman, was second in 1:00.02.
Samantha Ings, a freshman gave Greenwich a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:46) and Cardinals sophomore Olivia Knapp won the 100 backstroke. Greenwich won all three relay events.
Freshman Daniele Tanaka Sales won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle for St. Joseph. Greenwich hosts Danbury on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.