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Greenwich Academy soccer team edges Rye Country Day School, 1-0, in FAA Tournament semifinals in overtime

Photo by David Fierro: Robyn O’Connor scored the game-winning goal for Greenwich Academy against Rye Country Day.

Greenwich Academy’s soccer team had to put in some overtime against Rye Country Day School on Tuesday, but it certainly didn’t mind.

Overtime was prime time for third-seeded GA, which registered a 1-0 overtime win over fifth-seeded Rye Country Day in the quarterfinal-round of the FAA Soccer Tournament held at Greenwich Academy on Tuesday.

Greenwich Academy visits second-seeded Greens Farms Academy in today’s FAA semifinals at 1:30 p.m.

“They were very well organized and they made us work,” Greenwich Academy coach Alistair Lonsdale said of Rye Country Day School. “We didn’t create a lot of chances in the first half. The second half we definitely started putting a little more pressure on them. They kept it very tight.”

Senior midfielder Robyn O’Connor scored the game-winning goal in the first minute of overtime for the Gators. Senior forward Winnie Welch initiated the scoring play for GA, booting her free kick into the box. O’Connor then deposited a half-volley over Rye Country Day’s goalkeeper, giving the Gators a 1-0 lead – an advantage that held up.

“They limited our chances and played very well defensively,” Lonsdale said. “Extra time we came out strong and scored in a minute. We continued to play hard and we were able to grind out the victory.”

Senior Kit Harned, senior Kate Haffenreffer and freshman Juliana Kreuzer helped pace the Gators’ defense, while senior Ellie Burdick, sophomore Gianna DeBono and junior Lola Tirabassi sparked the squad in the midfield.

“I thought the kids showed a lot of heart, came through and responded well,” Lonsdale said. “They put a lot into it.”

Following the win, Greenwich Academy has a record of 8-2-1 against its FAA foes this season. GA made it to the championship game of the FAA Tournament in 2021. They defeated today’s semifinal-round opponent, Greens Farms Academy, during the regular season.

“GFA is a very strong team, it is going to be a tough game,” Lonsdale said. “We have to continue to play as a unit and convert our chances in front of goal.”

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