Greenwich High School’s girls soccer team’s season came to a tough end with a 5-2 overtime loss to Farmington in the first round of the CIAC Class LL Tournament in a game held Monday in Farmington.
The 17th-seeded Cardinals came close to advancing to the tournament’s Round of 16, but 16th-seeded Farmington tied the score at 2-2 with five minutes remaining in the second half. Farmington then outscored Greenwich, 3-0, during overtime to earn the victory.
“We had a good season,” Greenwich coach Simon Rumbold said. “We challenged this group at the start of the season to make the state playoffs and make FCIACs and we did. We were close to moving on in the state tournament, it’s disappointing. But all in all, it was a good step forward for our program.”
The Cardinals, who finished their season with a record of 7-6-3, held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on Farmington.
“We started well, it was on grass and it was the first time this season we played on grass, but we started out trying to figure out what they were all about, since we hadn’t played them before,” Rumbold said. “We sat back a little and tried to assess them for the first 10 and 15 minutes and from that point out, we were able to get it down and play the way we wanted to play.”
Senior forward Kelly Martyanov gave Greenwich a 1-0 first-half lead. Sophomore Meghan Ross sent a cross into the box and Martyanov finished with a half volley from approximately 14 yards out, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 edge.
“It was a really good goal and it was great to get a lead,” Rumbold said.
Host Farmington tied the score at 1-1 with a goal shortly before halftime. Greenwich went ahead again in the second half, capitalizing on a set piece. Sophomore Julia Acosta delivered a cross to Martyanov off a corner kick and Martyanov once again scored, putting the Cards on top, 2-1, in the second half.
“This was one of Kelly’s best games,” Rumbold said. “She scored two goals and was big in both boxes.”
The Cards were five minutes away from advancing to the next round of tournament, but Farmington knotted the score at 2-2, tallying off a free kick from about 30 yards out. In overtime, the home team scored the go-ahead goal five minutes into the period, taking a 3-2 advantage. They went on to scored twice more on breakaways to seal their 5-2 win.
Farmington visits top-seeded Amity in Wednesday’s Round of 16 game.
“We were trailing 3-2 and at that point we had thrown everyone forward to try to score the tying goal,” Rumbold said.
The Cardinals were paced throughout the game by Martyanov, senior Sophia DeVito, sophomore Emma Abbazia, junior Ali Pennella, junior Caroline Lawrence, Ross and sophomore Adriana Jones. The team bids farewell to 12 seniors, including captains Skyler Scavo and DeVito.
“We are still pretty young, with a lot of players coming back,” Rumbold said. “And we have good players coming up. This was a very good season for our team.”