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Greenwich High field hockey team shuts out St. Joseph for third straight victory

The Greenwich High field hockey team happily walks off the field after posting a 9-0 win over St. Joseph.

Greenwich followed a familiar pattern on its way to defeating FCIAC foe St. Joseph for its third straight win.

As was the case in victories against Brien McMahon and Fairfield Warde, the Cardinals registered plenty of goals, while not allowing any.

Recording its third straight shutout win, Greenwich improved its record to 4-1, downing St. Joseph at Cardinal Stadium, 9-0, on Wednesday.

“We played really well, similar to our other game, we’re getting everyone involved and we’re focusing on ball movement and making smart passes and reading the defense and today we did a really good job of executing that,” Greenwich coach Megan Wax said.

The Cardinals, who have outscored their opponents, 23-0, their last three games, held a 6-0 lead after the first quarter.

Justine Liguori helped lead Greenwich’s offensive attack in the team’s triumph against visiting St. Joseph.

“We have been working on getting off quick shots,” Wax said. “Right from the first whistle, we talked about setting the tempo and we did that the first two minutes.”

Senior Maggie Bulis scored the opening goal 1:24 into the first quarter off an assist from senior Justine Liguori with 13:03 to go in the first quarter, senior Isa Biagini tallied, as Liguori set up another goal.

“We have been working on our passing down the sideline and we implemented it into the game, which helped us score a lot of goals,” Liguori said. “We have a really important game this weekend, which we are working really hard for. I’m very pleased with our transferring of the ball and finishing on goal. I’m really glad this year we pulled it together.”

Liguori made it 3-0 by scoring off a deflection at the 11:05 mark of the first quarter, then senior Zita Cohen converted a shot with 9:31 still left in the opening quarter.

With each game, the Cardinals feel they are improving their all-important chemistry.

“Now that we’ve had a few games we really understand our team dynamic,” Cohen said. “We can anticipate where our teams are going to be and we can pass to that open space and know they are going to cut to that open space, which has been very helpful and has caused so many goals.”

Zita Cohen helped pace Greenwich’s offense in its win against St. Joseph at Cardinal Stadium.

Junior Summer Kelley and senior Kyra Pires each added first quarter goals for the Cards. In the third quarter, junior Klara Mueffelmann tallied at the 12:46 mark for Greenwich’s seventh goal. Liguori notched her second goal early in the final quarter off a pass from senior Isa Lattuada, then freshman Kate Donnellan tallied off a pass from sophomore Aly Janssen.

Sophomore Kelly Janssen and senior Brynn McConnell combined on the winning effort in goal for the Cardinals, posting the shutout.

“We’re a fairly new team and we have all been working together and read wherever we go and how we play,” Biagini said. “The young players are stepping up to the plate for being so young and on varsity first year they are doing great.”

Senior Isa Biagini has provided senior leadership for Greenwich, which has a 4-1 record.

Up next for Greenwich is a road game at New Canaan on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Cardinals are, of course, looking forward to the rivalry game.

“I’m so excited to see how our team is going to react to a big game,” Cohen said. “I want us to come out strong and stay focused. If we keep the same intensity and mindset we have, we will come out strong.”

Greenwich’s Summer Kelley controls the ball down the sideline during a game against St. Joseph.

“I think we are only going up from here and we are doing a really good job of complementing each other,” said Biagini.

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