After winning the FAA Field Hockey Tournament title this past Saturday, Sacred Heart Greenwich began its journey toward what it hopes is another championship on Wednesday.
Top-seeded Sacred Heart began action in the NEPSAC Class A Championships with a decisive 5-1 victory over visiting Northfield Mount Hermon in the tournament’s first round.
The Tigers’ win over eighth-seeded Northfield Mount Hermon moves them into the semifinal-round of the NEPSAC Class A Championships, where they will host fifth-seeded Hotchkiss School on Saturday. Hotchkiss advanced with a 2-1 win against Westminster School.
“A very tough and physical game today, our team once again responded with strong resilience and commitment throughout the match,” Sacred Heart coach Alex Gheorghe said. “Now we really need to stay focused and connected for the next game, which will be hard and physical as well.”
Junior Vivi Caruso, who had a goal in Sacred Heart’s 2-0 FAA Tournament final win against Greenwich Academy, gave her team a 1-0 lead on Northfield Mount Hermon, scoring off an assist from freshman Charley Nemec in the first quarter.
Northfield Mount Hermon evened the score at 1-1 in the first quarter, as Isabella Cloutier converted a penalty stroke. That’s the only goal the visitors managed though, as the Tigers ended the matchup with four unanswered tallies. Junior Ines Araujo, who also scored a goal in the team’s FAA championship game against Greenwich Academy, tallied off a pass from junior Kate Nemec, putting the Tigers on top, 2-1 heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, Caruso struck again, this time tallying off an assist from junior Delfina Gonzalez Lobo, making it 3-1. The fourth quarter saw Sacred Heart extend its lead. Sophomore Payton Sfreddo converted a shot off a pass from Charley Nemec, then senior Caroline Nemec registered a goal off a Gonzalez Lobo assist.
“We are so proud of the team,” Sacred Heart senior captains Erin Griffin and Caroline Nemec said. “Our team chemistry showed through our connected passes, which then channeled to multiple counter attacks. We remained composed and played a super fast game. We hope to continue that effort moving forward this weekend.”
Recently, Sacred Heart was awarded the Class A District 4 trophy for having the No. 1 ranking among NEPSAC schools, with a 16-0 record. Overall, the Tigers are riding a 15-game winning streak and have a record of 19-3.