Fall sports

Greenwich High girls soccer team battles back from four-goal deficit to tie Trumbull

Emma Abbazia tallied twice in Greenwich’s 5-5 draw against host Trumbull on Monday, Sept. 27.

In a game featuring 10 goals, the Greenwich High School girls soccer team scored the last four to forge a well-earned 5-5 tie on the road against Trumbull in an FCIAC matchup held on Monday night.

Trumbull seized a 5-1 lead, thanks to senior Sophia Lowenberg, who scored one goal and set up four others. Yet a determined Cardinals team steadily cut into the Eagles’ lead and remained on the attack, especially in the second half.

“We showed really good character,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “The biggest thing for me was that we were continuing to move it on the ground and do the things we do in practice for the games. When we do that, we are at our best.”

Sophomore forward Emma Abbazia scored two goals, including the game-tying tally for the Cardinals (2-3-1). Junior midfielder Ali Pennella had one goal and one assist, while freshman forward Taylor Carrescia, and senior forward Kelly Martyanov each added a clutch goal for Greenwich.

Pennella scored the game’s first goal, converting a free kick early in the opening half to give Greenwich a 1-0 lead.

“We started brilliantly, it was probably our best passing game of the season,” Rumbold said. “We had really good combinations on the ground. Ali Pennella started us off on a good note.”

Moving quickly down the right side of the field several times, Lowenberg, who will play soccer at Boston College next year, scored and assisted on several other goals, putting Trumbull on top, 5-1, in the first half. Abbazia’s goal off an assist from sophomore forward Julia Acosta began the Cardinals’ comeback, making it 5-2 at halftime.

“At halftime, we said there is no way this game is finishing 5-2,” Rumbold said. “We changed a couple of things in the second half and we really dominated the play in the second half. We were able to create enough chances.”

Carrescia, a freshman forward, scored off a pass from junior forward Kaitlyn Fay, bringing Greenwich to within 5-3 of the Eagles. Martyanov’s header off an Acosta corner kick made it a one-goal game, as the Cards drew to within 5-4.

“Kelly Martyanov has become a threat on set pieces,” Rumbold said. “Any corner or free kick, she is tough to stop from getting headers.”

On the game-tying goal, senior midfielder Scarlett Brooks sent a pass across, then Abbazia finished in front, evening the score at 5-5 in the second half – a score that held up, giving GHS a draw, after trailing by four goals.

Rumbold also credited sophomore Brooke Wilkowski, Pennella and Abbazia for leading the team’s strong play at midfield and junior Caroline Lawrence for solidifying the defense. Greenwich is back home on Thursday for a showdown against conference rival New Canaan at Cardinal Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

“We came away from the game with a lot of positives,” Rumbold said. “Trumbull is a good side and we go into New Canaan and Darien with momentum. Hopefully, we can secure some more wins.”

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