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Greenwich High field hockey team earns Senior Day win against Westhill, 8-0

Contributed photo: Greenwich High School’s field hockey team won its Senior Day game against Westhill.

It was a successful Senior Day for Greenwich High School’s field hockey team, which received four goals from senior Klara Mueffelmann and used a four-goal first half to record an impressive 8-0 victory over Westhill at Cardinal Stadium in an FCIAC game played on Monday night.

The victory improved Greenwich’s record to 5-3. The Cardinals have won four of their last five games.

“Despite the cold weather and the rain, we had a great Senior Day,” Greenwich coach Megan Wax said. “The energy and excitement was high and everyone was able to contribute tonight.”

Lauren Mondschein, Mueffelmann, Maddie Hoekman and Maggie Balaguer were the four seniors honored by the Cardinals on their Senior Day/Night.

Contributed photo: Greenwich’s field hockey program gathers on the team’s Senior Day.

“The four of them are great leaders and have really helped mentor the younger girls on our team and program,” Wax said. “These seniors are such a fun and hardworking group. They easily light up a room, so it’s great to see that electricity carry on to the field.”

Mueffelmann opened the scoring for GHS, tallying off a penalty corner with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter. Junior Caroline Babb’s goal with 8:17 left in the opening quarter gave Greenwich a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore Stella Thibeault’s goal off an assist from sophomore Kate Donnellan put the Cardinals ahead, 3-0, at the 7:28 mark of the second quarter. Mueffelmann added a second-quarter tally, soring with 1:10 to go and putting GHS on top of the Vikings, 4-0.

Klara Mueffelmann was one of the four seniors Greenwich honored on its Senior Day at Cardinal Stadium. She scored a team-high four goals to power the Cardinals to victory against Westhill at Cardinal Stadium.

Greenwich was on the attack the majority of this FCIAC matchup against Westhill, forcing the Vikings to play a lot of defense by drawing penalty corners.

“We did a great job of keeping the ball in our offensive end and limiting the amount of scoring opportunities for Westhill,” Wax said. “We earned 14 offensive corners and no defensive corners.”

Mueffelmann, the team’s leading scorer, started the squad’s second-half scoring, tallying with 12:48 left in the third quarter, making it 5-0. Freshman Emilia Arroyo scored off a pass from Thibeault at the 9:54 mark of the third stanza and junior Avery Hirsh converted a shot off a Thibeault feed with 7:25 remaining in the third quarter.

Sophomore Sofia Klingbeil capped Greenwich’s scoring, tallying off a Balaguer assist on a penalty corner with 10:42 left to play. Up next for Greenwich is a game against Trumbull on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

Wax praised her seniors for all they have done for the program.

“They have been through a crazy four years of high school due to COVID, so it was amazing to be able to fully honor them and all they have achieved,” Wax said.

Greenwich’s Sofia Klingbeil in action against Westhill at Cardinal Stadium.

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