Spending a lot of time inside Brien McMahon’s circle, the Greenwich High School field hockey team generate a wealth of shots on goal and scoring opportunities.
And as the game went on, the Cardinals turned those shots and chances into goals.
Senior Justine Liguori scored three goals, while junior Klara Mueffelmann tallied twice to power Greenwich to a 6-0 win over Brien McMahon in an FCIAC game held at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday. The Cardinals upped their record to 2-1 with the triumph.
Greenwich sent an array of shots toward Senators goalie Leah Pascarelli in the first quarter, but Pascarelli kept it a scoreless game for most of the quarter with numerous saves. Liguouri put the Cardinals on top for good however, scoring off an assist from senior Isabella Biagini with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
“The first quarter was a little bit slow, it took a little bit of time to get into our rhythm,” Greenwich coach Megan Wax said. “The second and third quarter, we were able to space out, take quick shots and score some quick goals.”
The Cardinals limited the Senators’ scoring opportunities, since they possessed the ball the majority of the game.
“We dominated the ball, we only had one defensive corner for most of the game and we were able to keep our spacing after the first quarter, Wax said. “At halftime we worked our our new rotation of players, everyone played well.”
Biagini added a goal for Greenwich, which saw goalies Kelly Janssen and Brynn McConnell combine for the shutout win. Liguori was one of the players who sparked the Cards, along with seniors Isa Lattuada, Zita Cohen and Mueffelmann.
“Justine helped set the tempo when we were a little sluggish and helped us get back to our tempo,” Wax said. “Isa Lattuada she is the best support system for everyone on the field. They are doing a great job of helping the younger girls.”
Greenwich entered the game off a tough, 4-3 overtime loss to Ridgefield in a matchup that saw it hold the lead most of the game, including late in the fourth quarter.
“The girls came out on fire and were really motivated,” Wax said of Wednesday’s game. “We played our hearts out and we just lost our composure in the last couple of minutes. It had the feel of a playoff game,. We’re using that as a learning tool and we’re going to take a look and see how we responded under pressure. It’s a blessing in disguise to have such an intense game that early in the season.”
Greenwich is in action against Fairfield Warde on Monday in Fairfield, then hosts St. Joseph on Wednesday.