Receiving goals from Justine Hounsell and Eva Wilkerson, the Sacred Heart Greenwich soccer team registered a key, late-season 2-1 victory over visiting Miss Porter’s School in a NEPSAC game held on Saturday.
“This was the first time that we have beaten them, so it was an impressive result,” Sacred Heart coach Stuart Smith said. “We were a little nervous in the first 10 minutes, but we grew in confidence as we went into the half. The girls implemented our plan really well. It took us the first 10 minutes to adjust to it and we looked really good.”
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Miss Porter’s in the 25th minute. Senior Abby Barnett played a long cross field pass to sophomore Victoria Hart, who beat a defender then sent a cross to Hounsell, who finished the play, putting the Tigers on top.
“We kept working hard to the rest of the half and it was 1-0 at halftime,” Smith said. “They didn’t create too many chances and the second half, we knew they were going to come out hard. We held tight and we gave up a goal at the 55th minutes on a shot from distance.”
Sacred Heart had an impressive response to Miss Porter’s goal, however. In the 60th minute, sophomore Madison Hart beat a defender and sent a cross pass to Wilkerson with the Tigers on a counterattack. Wilkerson then one-touched the ball into the the corner of the goal, giving Sacred Heart a 2-1 advantage.
“I was very happy with the way we responded, within five minutes we were back ahead again and that was great,” Smith said.
Smith credited senior centerbacks Chelsea Hyland and Lydia Fullerton for their standout play throughout the game. The Tigers received strong performances in goal from junior Daphne Hartch, who registered nine saves and junior Zara Black (four saves).
The Tigers visit Choate Rosemary Hall on Wednesday.
“We are getting better with every game and today was a big confidence boost for the team,” Smith said.