Since being edged by Norwalk on Sept. 21, the Greenwich boys soccer team has gone nearly one month without being defeated – now that’s some type of impressive streak.
The Cardinals have gotten the better of most of their foes this month and today, they stretched their unbeaten streak to nine games by producing yet another dynamic performance.
Receiving two goals apiece from seniors Maximo Acosta and Alejandro Rodriguez, Greenwich coasted to a resounding 7-0 victory over Wilton today at Cardinal Stadium.
Ignited by a quick start, Greenwich seized a 3-0 halftime lead, then continued to build its advantage during the second half, while substituting freely. The previous time the Cardinals and Warriors met was the 2019 FCIAC Tournament, a game that saw Wilton defeat Greenwich in the quarterfinal-round. Not many players remain on each team’s roster from the 2019 season, but the Cardinals are aware of what transpired two seasons ago.
“I wasn’t on that team, but I heard about that game and it’s really good to beat them back and show them what we’ve got,” Rodriguez said. “We’re looking forward to the postseason, the team is looking really good.”
The 2020 season was shortened and modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2019, the Cardinals made it all the way to the championship game of the CIAC Class LL Tournament – drawing motivation, after being eliminated in the FCIAC Tournament quarterfinals. Greenwich seems primed for a similar state postseason run this season and of course, aims to traveling further in the FCIAC Tournament.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Greenwich holds a record of 9-1-3, good for 30 points and second place in the FCIAC.
“We feel great, hopefully, we can finish the regular season with only one loss,” Greenwich senior midfielder/captain Jake Hugh-Jones said. “We’ve been competitive with every team and we see ourselves right at the top.”
It didn’t take long for the Cards to seize control of today’s matchup against the visiting Warriors (4-5-4). Positioned deep in the box, Rodriguez received a pass from junior Lucas Luzuriaga and converted a shot from close in, giving GHS a 1-0 lead in the second minute. Hugh-Jones was also credited with an assist on the play.
In the sixth minute, an excellent display of passing resulted in a goal from Acosta, who got a good first touch on the ball and tallied off a pass from senior captain Andy Lowitt, making it 2-0.
“That was the best start we’ve made, against a good Wilton team,” Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam said. “We were two-up after five minutes and I didn’t expect that. I expected us to at least take 15, 20 minutes to work our way into the game, but the second goal was great. You are not going to score better team goals than that.”
Said Lowitt: “That first 10 minutes was probably the best we played all season. There was really fast, really quick tempo, good passing.”
Gathering the ball off a pass from Luzuriaga, Acosta tallied from less than five yards out in the 37th minute, giving Greenwich a 3-0 halftime lead.
Rodriguez opened the second half scoring, with his goal giving the Cards a 4-0 advantage in the 41st minute.
“I think we moved the ball really well, the speed of play was really good and we scored goals when we needed to,” Rodriguez said. “We’re looking forward to the postseason and the team is looking really good.”
Lowitt tallied in the 51st minute, junior Franklin Sousa-Filho scored at with at the 63rd minute mark and sophomore Maximo Ferrario added a goal in the 68th minute for the victors.
“We are spreading the wealth of goals all over the place and it’s not just the strikers – tons of production from the midfield, tons of goals,” Putnam said. “It’s really pleasing, it’s probably some of the best football I’ve seen this high school play football-wise. To sit back and see everything you do in practice start to come out is great.”
Said Hugh-Jones: “I’m so happy with where the team’s at and how we played today. We started off really well and we were creating so many chances. I’m just really happy with how we played all the way through, we didn’t let up a goal. I thought it was great with how everyone was on the same page.”
Senior goalie Julian Colin made three saves for the shutout win.
“I thought the game was very fluid and we were able to create a lot of goal-scoring opportunities and score a lot of goals,” said Greenwich midfielder Santi Borrego, also one of the Cards’ captains. “Defensively we are well-organized, we haven’t had a clean sheet in a while and it was good to have a clean sheet today.”
“The ball movement was great, especially with the overlapping runs on the wings and through the middle with No. 8 and No. 10, it was all flowing very well,” Borrego continued.
The FCIAC Tournament commences on Oct. 29.
“I’m really excited for FCIACs,” Lowitt said. “I want to see how the team performs in pressure situations and I think we can go all the way, so I’m really excited for them.”
“We’re on a mission we are doing everything in our power to win FCIACs and hopefully states as well,” Borrego said.