With the postseason rapidly approaching, this is the point of the season when teams want to be playing at their optimum level and the Greenwich High School girls soccer team is certainly doing so.
The Cardinals entered today’s game against visiting Westhill unbeaten in their previous four games and they extended their impressive streak on their Senior Day.
Scoring six goals in the first half, Greenwich experienced an enjoyable Senior Day, topping Westhill, 6-1, at Cardinal Stadium. The victory upped Greenwich’s record to 6-4-2. Indeed, the Cards are on pace to qualify for the CIAC Class LL state tournament and are in contention to earn one of the eight spots in the FCIAC Tournament.
“It was a very good game for us,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “It was great to see the whole group to contribute, especially for the seniors, who were able to put on a good performance and set the day going.”
Sophomore midfielder Emma Abbazia recorded a hat trick and senior midfielder Scarlett Brooks scored two goals for the Cardinals, who have outscored their opponents, 12-2, their past three games.
“I feel great about how our team is playing,” Cardinals senior co-captain/defender Skyler Scavo said. “I’m really excited about the next couple of weeks and hopefully, we can continue this momentum.”
Qualifying for both the FCIAC and state tournaments are among some of Greenwich’s goals and with 20 points in the standings following today’s win, the team is in positive position to play in the postseason tournaments.
“I think it’s definitely a possibility if we keep working on it and getting in the sessions and working hard as a team,” Greenwich senior midfielder/co-captain Sofia DeVito said.
Abbazia opened the scoring for the Cards, tallying in the 26th minute off a pass from sophomore forward Julia Acosta. With 11:30 remaining in the first half, Abbazia struck again. This time, she was set up for the goal by senior forward Kelly Martyanov, making it 2-0.
Brooks converted a shot from approximately 15 yards out, giving Greenwich a 3-0 advantage in the 31st minute. The Cardinals’ fourth goal came on a set piece. Acosta sent her corner kick into the box and Abbazia finished in front of the net, putting Westhill in a 4-0 hole in the 33rd minute.
“This game is going to help us going forward,” Scavo said.
Said DeVito: “We used this game as a game to help us to work together.”
Running onto a ball in open space, sophomore Meghan Ross beat Westhill’s defense on her way to tallying with 4:31 still to go in the opening half, putting Greenwich on top, 5-0. Brooks then booted a shot from 25 yards out inside the lower left corner of the goal, building Greenwich’s advantage to 6-0 in the 38th minute.
Junior Isabella Gega, senior Richa Vaid and sophomore Lara Olmstead each played in goal for Greenwich, which honored seniors Scavo, DeVito, Kiana Jennings, Stephanie Gilroy, Emily Piotrowski, Cami Jablonski, Kristin Riggs, Brooks and Bella Alvisi prior to the game during its Senior Day ceremony.
“It was so much fun, all the underclassmen put in so much work to make sure we had a good day today,” Scavo said.
“It showed how much we have come together as a team, it was nice,” DeVito added.
Rumbold appreciates his seniors and the effort they have put into the program.
“They’ve been a great group, some of them have been here four years or have been around since their sophomore year,” Rumbold said. “They’re a really good tight group, so I am hoping we can send them out on a good way.”
Westhill’s goal was scored by junior Mia Nocera with 5:27 remaining in the second half. Senior Audra Hansen assisted on the Vikings’ goal.
Greenwich visits Wilton in a key FCIAC matchup Monday at 4 p.m. Wilton had a record of 7-0-4 as of today. After a 2020 season that was shortened and modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cardinals are happy to play a full slate of games this fall.
“This is only my second year on the team, so last year I didn’t get to experience the traditions and a lot of the fun things, but this year I do, so it’s a whole new team,” Scavo said.
“So far it’s been a great season,” DeVito said. “I couldn’t ask for more with our team traditions coming back.”
Each member of the Cardinals team wore pink socks to raise awareness for breast cancer.