Greenwich girls soccer falls to South Windsor in class LL second round

Greenwich High School sophomore Treloara Harrisson pushes the ball down the field during Wednesday's game against South Windsor High School. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich High School sophomore Treloara Harrisson pushes the ball down the field during Wednesday’s game against South Windsor High School. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Another Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL tournament game and another scoreless regulation for No. 26 seed Greenwich High School.

However this time around, it was the opposition that was able to get the upper hand on Big Red in overtime, as No. 10 seed South Windsor High School scored midway through the first overtime and went on to beat the Cardinals 1-0 earlier today at SWHS.

“It was a battle, that’s for sure,” Greenwich High head coach Danny Simpson said. “South Windsor is a really good school and another worthy adversary. There were two highly-matched teams out there today and our girls came out there and played really hard in the first half and had several chances in the second half. We didn’t really test their keeper too much, but that’s a credit to how well South Windsor defends.”

“I think we played through until the last second and I we never really dropped off,” Greenwich senior Caroline Markowitz said. “It’s really hard to do that, especially after playing back-to-back overtime games. It shows our team really plays well together and feeds off each others energy.”

With 4:42 to play in the first overtime, South Windsor junior Danielle Karpiej got the ball deep in the Greenwich zone, worked the ball around three Greenwich High defenders on the right side of the net and unloaded a shot that landed in the corner of the net for the 1-0 lead.

“She is a special player,” South Windsor head coach Ed Dudos said. “She had several moves in there and was amazing. She probably doesn’t get her shot as much as she should. Danny is a junior and is very good. It was a perfectly-place goal and it was going to take that kind of play to beat Greenwich.”

Greenwich’s best chance at scoring the equalizer was with 7:10 to play in the second overtime, as sophomore Treloara Harrisson gained control of the ball in the crease and fired a shot, but the ball sailed just wide.

“Their girl took the ball calmly, beat our defenders and hit it from the edge of the box,” Simpson said. “If you’re going to lose a game, it’s better to lose it on a goal with that quality.

“It was a lot of soccer that both teams played and it just goes to show you how even both teams are,” Dudos said. “I give them so much respect. They had a few standout players, but the entire team is so well-coached. They came out and were more aggressive than we were, more physical than we were and they totally threw us out of our game for the first 40 minutes. We settled down and had a much better second half and started creating more. You can’t take three or four touches against a good team like Greenwich. They will just take the ball away from you.”

GHS sophomore Callie Doyle beats her South Windsor opponent during Wednesday's CIAC second round game. — Paul Silverfarb photo

GHS sophomore Callie Doyle beats her South Windsor opponent during Wednesday’s CIAC second round game. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Early in the contest, Greenwich was on the attack and had some stellar looks at the net. Just over two minutes gone by sophomore Callie Doyle was in front of the net for a shot, but the SWHS goalie was there for the save. Despite the pressure, the Bobcats were able to get a couple of good looks at net, but GHS junior goalie Kylie Ginsberg was there for the saves.

With 33:50 to play in the half, freshman Samantha Faust got the ball off a corner from South Windsor’s Karpiej and unloaded a shot from the left side of the net, but Ginsberg got in front of it for the save.

Nearly 11 minutes later, Karpiej had a clear look at the GHS net, as she was on the break, but the GHS defense was there to for the slide that redirected the ball out of harm’s way. With 11:31 to play in the half, SWHS senior Katherine Comeau was in the middle of the field and 10 yard away form Ginsburg, but the GHS goalie made the glove save.

“I thought Kylie in goal was absolutely phenomenal for us in net today,” Simpson said. “Her clearances out of the back and her calmness was great. I couldn’t be more proud of her. The effort that she put in on Monday and to come back on Wednesday and play another 100 minutes was fantastic.”

In the second half, Big Red had several more chances at gaining the lead. With 30:49 left, Harrisson had a shot on the right side of the net that missed the net by inches. A minute later, sophomore Jessica Bartholomew had a 1-on-1 with goalie, but the South Windsor defense got there in the last second to break up the play.

GHS junior Jamie Kockenmeister was in the middle of the field and 10 yard outs and passed the ball back to senior Victoria Galbier, who had a look at the net with 21:30 to play. However Galbier’s shot sailed just wide.

“I think we matched them with our determination,” GHS senior Sarah Rodriguez said. “We had a lot of chances, but we were unable to finish.”

In the final two minutes, Greenwich put severe pressure on the Bobcats, as Jessica Bartholomew, Harrisson and senior Liz Warner were in point-blank range to the SWHS net. However South Windsor was able to stay strong and not let the ball get to the goalie.

“Obviously I think we deserved to win and played with a lot of heart, but they had one really good goal and we were unable to capitalize on our chances,” Warner said. “It’s been like that throughout the season. We would work really hard, but we wouldn’t reward ourselves with a goal. We have been working really hard on our defense and midfield and it was really strong today and persistent throughout the game.”

With the loss, Greenwich High finished the season with a 7-7-4 overall record.

“They played like Greenwich High School team always does down the stretch of the season,” Simpson said. “They were resilient, worked hard for each other, bonded so well on the field and didn’t give away anything cheaply. I think the coach from South Windsor knows that today was a real battle and his kids are going to be tired. Our kids did our school and their parents really proud today.”

For Rodriguez, she noticed the improvement in the team as the season moved along.

“I think as the season progressed, we got a lot closer and I know that every single girl put in all they could out there and showed a lot of heart,” Rodriguez said. “Although we didn’t come out with a win against South Windsor, I still am so proud of our team and our ability to come together. We kept on fighting until the final whistle and not a lot of teams can do that.”

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