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Behind three first-half goals, Greenwich boys soccer team tops Trumbull

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich’s Graham Miller looks for an opening in the Cardinals’ game against Trumbull.

Recent games against Norwalk, Staples and Fairfield Warde saw the Greenwich boys soccer team score just one goal, so the Cardinals emphasized certain aspects during practice the past few days.

“We’ve been struggling to score goals,” Cardinals coach Kurt Putnam said, following Tuesday’s game against visiting Trumbull. “We’ve been working on some stuff the past few practice sessions and there was a lot of dynamic ball movement today.”

What Greenwich worked on in their recent practices paid off Tuesday against Trumbull. Scoring three goals in the first half, Greenwich turned back Trumbull, 4-1, in an FCIAC matchup at Cardinal Stadium.

“The first half was very pleasing and we defended really well,” said Putnam, whose Cardinals have a record of 3-1-2. “I think the boys played really well today and hopefully, we’re heading in the right direction.”

Senior quad-captain Alejandro Rodriguez tallied twice, while junior Lucas Luzuriaga registered one goal and two assists to power Greenwich. Santiago Borrego, also a senior captain, added a goal for the Cardinals, who were led in goal by senior Julian Colin and junior Nico Figueroa.

Lucas Luzuriaga helped power Greenwich offensively against Trumbull.

Rodriguez scored the game’s first goal, tallying in the sixth minute off a pass from Luzuriaga. In the 20th minute, Greenwich padded its advantage, taking a 2-0 lead on Luzuriaga’s tally in the 20th minute. Cardinals senior quad-captain/defender Jake Hugh-Jones set up Luzuriaga’s goal.

“It was a great ball from Jake, it was very well placed and all I had to do was tap it in,” Luzuriaga said. “We’ve come through three very hard games, which were hard to win and hard to score. Now, we are ready for the next few games.”

Borrego’s unassisted goal in the 31st minute, put the Cardinals on top, 3-0.

“The formation we played today was key,” Borrego said. “It allowed us to get a lot more space outside. We made a lot of overlapping runs, especially with our striker and it allowed us to score goals to win the game.”

Greenwich displayed solid ball movement the majority of the matchup, while creating scoring opportunities.

“It was good to see us score four goals, because we had only scored one goal in our last three games, so it was becoming a concern,” Borrego said. “It was good for us to score some goals and get our confidence back.”

Santiago Borrego scored a goal in Greenwich’s 4-1 win over Trumbull at Cardinal Stadium.

Trumbull (0-4-2) trimmed Greenwich’s advantage to 3-1 in the 44th minute. Sophomore Owen Bull controlled a cross from junior Richard McDaniel and deposited it inside the left post, making it 3-1.

“They’re a good team, they came out strong in the second half,” Hugh-Jones said. “But I thought we played really well.”

In Greenwich’s previous games, they tied Staples, 0-0, lost to Norwalk, 2-1 and played Fairfield Warde to a scoreless draw.

“At Warde on Friday, we struggled to find that final touch and we had that today,” Hugh-Jones said. “We’ve been working on it every day in practice and it showed today. We have been working on moving off the ball.”

Greenwich’s Jake Hugh-Jones assisted on a goal in the Cardinals’ 4-1 triumph against Trumbull.

Said Putnam: “We got behind them a bunch of times – that’s where our goals came from. Those overlapping runs and those player combinations. That was really rewarding. It’s nice to see the things you were working on in practice transfer to the game.”

Greenwich visits New Canaan on Friday at 4 p.m. at Dunning Stadium.

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