Greenwich High girls soccer falls to New Canaan in opening game, 3-1

An early clash between two perennial FCIAC powers saw the New Canaan Rams girls soccer team knocking off two-time defending league champion Greenwich, 3-1, the opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon at Connor Field in New Canaan.

The Rams recovered from an early goal by the Cardinals, as senior tri-captain Anna Borea scored twice on long-range shots, sandwiching those goals around a tally by sophomore Gabriella Borea.

 

Greenwich’s lone goal came off the foot of senior tri-captain Emily Johnson, with an assist from senior Emma Christie. Christie sent a corner kick across the field to the far post, where Johnson corralled the ball and sent it past New Canaan keeper Alex Yuditski (6 saves) in the sixth minute of play.

The Cardinals had the better of play for much of the first half, keeping the ball on the Rams’ half of the field, but the defense of Yuditski, Kelly Armstrong, Marina Braccio, and Brianna McEwan held up under the pressure.

New Canaan managed to push back and generate some chances midway through the opening half, with Borea getting the equalizer in the 32rd minute. Borea launched a perfect free kick from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1.

In the second half, the Rams took control.

In the 58th minute, New Canaan again hit paydirt on a corner kick when junior Samantha Ashley got the ball to Gabriella Borea and Borea deftly slipped it inside the right post for a 2-1 lead with 22:28 remaining.

Anna Borea then finished off the scoring with a 30-yard boot that sailed over the head of goalie Kylie Ginsberg (5 saves) in the 63rd minute.

Both teams will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 14, as New Canaan hosts Norwalk (0-1) and Greenwich plays at Trinity Catholic (0-1). Both games begin at 4 p.m.

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