Greenwich High girls soccer three-peats as FCIAC champs

Winning has become a tradition for the Greenwich High School girls soccer team.

With Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over top-seeded Trumbull High School in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinals, the Lady Cardinals picked up its third-consecutive conference championship.

 

“We wanted to three-peat,” said Greenwich High School head coach Danny Simpson, whose club will shared the title with St. Joseph, a 3-1 victor over Ridgefield High in the other semifinal. “Talking about it is one thing; getting it is phenomonal in this league.”

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the conference tournaments were shortened to quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, with the final two teams standing sharing the title.

Caroline Markowitz went up high with a header to put the ball in the back of the net, after a well-placed corner from Emma Christie with 4:20 remaining in the first half.

“Caroline has not scored many goals this season, and she pops up with two in the postseason,” said Simpson.”

“We always talked about leaving a lecacy, and this was the best legacy we could leave,” said Greenwich High’s FCIAC tournament MVP Sara Mischanti. “It is an amazing feeling and a testament to my teammates and how hard they work every day.”

With the victory over the top-seeded Eagles, coach Danny Simpson’s fifth-seeded Cards won in the FCIAC final for the third straight season.

“We knew Greenwich was dangerous on set pieces and they took advantage,” Trumbull High coach Daniel Uhrlass said after his team dipped to 13-2-3. “Give credit to Greenwich, they defended well, are well organized, and play to their strength.”

And in the final, that was the Big Red’s defense.

“This is the fourth time [in FCIACs] where we’ve won one-nil,” Simpson said. “We knew the first goal would be big. We’ve kept the same back four all year and haven’t lost since Sept 12. Kylie Ginsberg is our third goalie in three seasons and she stepped right in and only allowed eleven goals in eighteen games.

With Mischanti, Megan Bartholomew, Markowitz and Margaret Parker steadfast in the back 30, Greenwich improved to 11-1-6.

Emily Johnson marshaled the midfield, along with Emma Haslun, Christie, Liz Warner and Emily Berzolla. Naomi Leeds, Molli Haimerl and Stephanie Gittings led the frontal attack.

“We are now eight for eight in the FCIAC tournament these past three years,” Simpson said. “I feel pride for them. They work hard every day in training and they got what they deserved. But we haven’t forgotten Sandy and how it hurt everyone in Greenwich. We dedicate this win to our town.”

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