Haimerl leads Greenwich High girls soccer team past Norwalk, 5-1

While the conditions weren’t ideal, the Greenwich High School girls soccer team kept up its winning ways earlier this evening, traveling to Sam Testa Field in Norwalk and beating the Bears 5-1.

“It was key for us to make sure we could stay focused and play in the rain,” Greenwich head coach Danny Simpson said. “When we started, it was raining pretty good. But we played well and took care of business.”

The player of the game for Greenwich was Molli Haimerl. Although she entered the game against Norwalk with a thigh injury, the GHS senior finished with two goals and numerous other chances at tacking on more goals.

“We’ve been working on our movement and creativity between our forward line and they did a good job today,” Simpson said. “What was pleasing about Molli’s goals tonight were that she converted from the training. Her timing, her runs and her execution were excellent and that’s because of the hard work at practice.”

After missing out on a few chances in the first half at tacking on points, Haimerl wouldn’t be denied in the second half.

With 27:18 to play in the game, Haimerl broke free from from the Norwalk defense from the left side and was one-on-one with the NHS goalie.

She eluded the giving goalie calmly repositioned her shot and fired the ball that Her shot that went to the right corner of the net and gave Big Red a 4-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Haimerl netted her second goal of the night when she darted down the field and fired a shot from around 15 yards out that hit the left side of the net for the 5-0 lead.

“It felt really good to get a couple of shots off and to get them in the net after missing a bunch in the first half,” Haimerl said. “To do this after playing in a big game on Saturday was good.”

In addition to Haimerl’s two goals, Stephanie Gittings, Caroline Markowitz and Naomi Leeds each found the back of the net.

“Norwalk is a much improved team,” Simpson said. “They lost a great player last year in Caroline Collins, but they seemed to have overall improved their level of play.”

With the victory, Greenwich improved its record to 6-1-1 on the season.

“I think we are all working really well together,” Haimerl said. “We got a lot of the girls in today and even when the people that usually play want to come out, we still have the same intensity level coming out again. That shows that we are developing as a team.”

After playing an emotional game Saturday against St. Joseph, winning 3-1, Simpson was concerned that there could be a let down against Norwalk. However that wasn’t the case.

“We still take things one game at a time,” Simpson said. “We got another game on Thursday and we try not to look ahead. The girls are very grounded and they don’t took at tables and scores.”

Greenwich will be in action later today when they travel to Stamford for a game against Stamford High School at 4.

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