Fall sports

Capitalizing on set pieces, Greenwich High girls soccer team defeats Norwalk

Scoring on three corner kicks, the Greenwich High School girls soccer team posted a 4-2 triumph against FCIAC foe Norwalk in a road game on Monday night.

The victory evened the Cardinals’ record to 2-2. They will be in action again on Thursday when Fairfield Warde visits Cardinal Stadium at 4:30 p.m. In Monday’s matchup, Norwalk scored first, tallying in approximately, the fifth minute on a penalty kick, and Greenwich responded with two straight goals to take a 2-1 halftime lead.

“They were well organized and they hit us on the break a couple of times which we had to adjust to,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold. “At halftime, we talked about keeping composure, but moving it from side to side and generating scoring chances.”

Junior forward Kaitlyn Fay scored the Cardinals’ first goal against the Bears, tying the score at 1-1. Sophomore forward Julia Acosta sent her corner kick into the box and Fay rose up for a header and tallied, making it 1-1.

The Cards went ahead, 2-1, converting on another set piece. This time, sophomore midfielder Brooke Wilkowski scored off Acosta’s corner kick, giving Greenwich a one-goal lead. Norwalk scored off a breakaway at approximately, the 50th minute, for its second goal.

Greenwich registered the game’s final two goals to secure the win. Senior forward Kelly Martyanov scored off a header on another Acosta corner kick. Junior forward Ali Pennella directed a left-footed shot into the back of the net from about 15 yards out for the Cardinals’ fourth goal against the Bears.

“It is something we worked on prior to that game and the girls did it really well,” Rumbold said of the team taking advantage of its set pieces. “When we had our corners, we knew could we make a difference tonight.”

Goalie Isabella Gega made three saves in the winning effort.

“After the the Ludlowe defeat, we needed a reaction and they did that against Staples with quality play,” Rumbold said. “Tonight, we played well with the ball on the ground and we are starting to show a better understanding of what we need to do.”

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