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Greenwich High girls soccer team tops Trumbull on second-half goal by Ali Pennella; Cardinals even record to 3-3

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich’s Adriana Jones moves the ball along the left sideline during a game against Trumbull.

Greenwich High School’s girls soccer team evened its record to 3-3 and earned three points in the all-important FCIAC standings with a well-earned 2-1 victory over Trumbull in an FCIAC game held at Cardinal Stadium on Friday.

Senior midfielder/tri-captain Ali Pennella scored in the 67th minute, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Pennella’s goal came off a penalty kick that the Cardinals drew when junior midfielder Brooke Wilkowski was fouled in the box in the 67th minute.

Photo by David Fierro: Ali Pennella, left, of Greenwich, moves the ball against Trumbull in an FCIAC matchup.

“It is a great three points gained,” Greenwich coach Simon Rumbold said. “It’s an important victory in beating a team that also has playoff hopes.”

Greenwich (3-3) has nine points in the FCIAC West standings, while Trumbull (2-3-1) has seven points. Senior tri-captain/goalie Isabella Gega had two key saves, among the several she made, to help the Cardinals seal the win. The Cards received another strong effort defensively, with senior tri-captain Caroline Lawrence and junior Meghan Ross leading the way.

Photo by David Fierro: Sammy Craven of Greenwich in action during a recent game against Trumbull.

“Caroline Lawrence and Meghan Ross were outstanding on defense,” Rumbold said. “It was a real team effort to get the win.”

Ali Pennella of Greenwich right, looks to control the ball during the Cardinals’ win against Trumbull at Cardinal Stadium.

Junior forward Emma Abbazia helped power Greenwich in the opening half. After Trumbull senior Megan Garritty nearly scored on a free kick with 35:05 remaining in the first half, the Cards scored 5:57 later. Receiving a pass from junior forward Julia Acosta, Abbazia converted a shot from the left shot, directing the ball inside the right post to give GHS a 1-0 edge.

Gega made two saves in the first half, while Lawrence helped clear the ball out harm’s way several times.

“Ali Pennella and Emma Abbazia took their goals very well,” Rumbold said. “Anna Martschenko and Sammy Craven put in strong performances.”

Julia Acosta of Greenwich, right, looks to move the ball offensively against Trumbull on Sept. 23, 2022.

“We spoke about this and the next four games having a huge impact on our season, so it’s great to get the win and take points from a rival,” Rumbold continued.

Greenwich visits New Canaan Tuesday at 7 p.m., then has a 7 p.m. game against Darien on Friday.

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