Darien athletes help GFA teams get off to strong starts
Updated 2:58 pm, Thursday, September 22, 2011
Against Wooster, the Dragons came out firing shots, registering twenty-one shots alone in the first half. With two minutes left to play in the half, junior midfielder, Caroline Vanacore (Darien), finally found the back of the net off a pass from fellow junior Phebe Wong (Darien), giving GFA a 1-0 lead at the end of the period. After GFA took a 2-0 lead, Blair Pelley (Darien) found Vanacore inside the box, where Vanacore took a touch and then tallied her second goal of the season, giving GFA a 3-0 lead. Senior captain Kate Tomlinson (Darien) led the defense, making it difficult for Wooster to see any real opportunities for a score.
In GFA's 8-0 victory over Ethel Walker, Wong completed her first hat trick of the season with only twelve minutes expired from the clock. Wong's first two goals were assisted by defenders Brown and Tomlinson. At the twelfth minute of the game, Wong took a corner from the left side of the field, shooting the ball right at the goalie, where it then deflected into the goal, giving GFA a quick 3-0 lead. For the fourth goal of the game, Vanacore dribbled through the defense and sent a ball to Wong, giving her a good look at goal to give GFA a 4-0 lead.
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At the 25th minute, GFA was fouled at the 30-yard box, giving Wong a clear look at the goal for a perfect shot above the heads of the goalie for GFA's fifth goal of the game.
In the second half, senior Nora Flaherty (Norwalk) set up Wong off a corner kick for her sixth goal of the game. Vanacore scored the Dragons' seventh goal off a pass from sophomore Hilary Shannon (Easton). Sophomores Georgie Garner (Westport) and Cole Vanacore (Darien) played great defense and were backed up by Kruk and Donovan. Junior Kiki Kauffman (Darien) also played key minutes and provided a great spark for the Dragons.
The GFA field hockey team earned a shutout on opening day of its turf field, defeating St. Luke's 2-0 in its home opener.
The Dragons spent most of the first half in the offensive end, earning six corners. GFA finally capitalized on a corner opportunity at eight minutes into the game as junior Margot Bruder (Fairfield) inserted the ball to junior captain Madison Leonard (Westport) who shot in a beautiful ball, which was deflected into the cage by classmate Liz McDermott (Darien).
Freshman Jenny Ross (Darien) earned a shutout in her first varsity game with five saves.