Greenwich Academy passed its first test in the FAA Soccer Tournament, thanks to an impressive three-goal opening half against Hopkins School.
Third-seeded Greenwich Academy used the three-goal first half to defeat sixth-seeded Hopkins, 3-1, in Monday’s FAA Tournament quarterfinals. The win catapulted GA into the FAA semifinals, where they will visit second-seeded Greens Farms Academy on Wednesday at 2 p.m. GFA posted a 6-0 win over No. 7 Holy Child in the quarterfinals.
“The first half was good,” Greenwich Academy coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “They are a really good team. We dug in and were very gritty and we scored all three goals in the first half.”
Senior Lauren Harteveldt, who has scored a number of key goals for GA this fall, opened the scoring in this Fairchester Athletic Association quarterfinal. Junior Robyn O’Connor’s shot ricocheted off the Hopkins goalie and Harteveldt was on the scene for the finish, giving GA a 1-0 lead.
Winnie Welch, a junior, deposited a shot into the bottom corner of the goal, increasing the Gators’ advantage to 2-0. Freshman Sarah Huber then converted a shot, making it 3-0 at halftime.
“The goals came from us putting pressure on them,” Lonsdale said. “The second half, they got a goal off a penalty kick about 20 minutes in to make it 3-1 and then, we just played very disciplined and tough as a group.”
Freshman Este Tejpaul made approximately 10 saves for Greenwich Academy, which was also paced by the stellar play of junior Ellie Burdick, junior Kit Harned and sophomore Lola Tirabassi.
“It was a great performance by the team against a very good team,” Lonsdale said. “Our game against GFA will be a good matchup. We played well the last time we played against them.”