Lauren Harteveldt scored two goals and Greenwich Academy tallied three times during the second half of its 3-1 win over FAA soccer rival Hopkins School in a game held on Wednesday in New Haven.
After a strong first half, GA found itself trailing Hopkins, 1-0, but continued to increase its level of play in the second half.
“We were down 1-nil at halftime, the kids were playing really well, they just couldn’t finish,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “At halftime, we talked about giving a little extra and they came through.”
Junior Winnie Welch scored 15 minutes into the second half for the Gators, tying the score at 1-1. Harteveldt, a senior forward/co-captain, assisted on the equalizer.
“Lola (Tirabassi) played the ball to Lauren, who beat a defender and played it to Winnie for the goal,” Lonsdale said.
Welch, whose shot settled into the bottom left corner of the goal, set up Harteveldt for the go-ahead goal. Harteveldt’s goal 22 minutes into the second half put GA on top, 2-1.
Controlling a pass from Tirabassi, Harteveldt’s second goal with five minutes left in the second half gave Greenwich Academy a 3-1 lead on Hopkins. Her second goal of the game came off a breakaway.
“Lauren scored two very important goals, because there was a lot of pressure on us at that point,” Lonsdale said.
Lonsdale estimated that freshman goalie Este Tejpaul made 10 saves in the winning effort. He credited junior Molly Moore for her defensive effort and junior Ellie Burdick for her overall play in the team’s victory.
With the triumph, Greenwich Academy moved its record to 7-3-2, heading into Saturday’s 1 p.m. home game against Tabor Academy.
“The team is starting to click together and is playing very well,” Lonsdale said. “This was a very good win on the road for our team.”