Darien athletes help fuel impressive week for Dragons
It was a big week for the Greens Farms Academy soccer teams, as the boys and girls squads went undefeated across five games last week.
The last game of the week was the biggest, as well, as the Dragons stunned defending FAA tournament championship Masters (NY) with a 1-0 win in the closing seconds of play.
Miles Mcdonald (Westport) netted the game’s lone goal with 29 seconds left, giving Greens Farms Academy a thrilling 1-0 win over The Masters School on Friday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Henry Holzinger (Westport) set-up the goal with a booming free kick from more than 50 yards away, which bounced over two Masters defenders before finding Mcdonald’s foot.
Mcdonald fired the ball on goal for the tally and the win.
Senior captain James Velgot (Weston) helped backstop the shutout win for GFA.
The Dragons are now 7-3-1 overall, 7-2 in WNEPSSA, and 2-1 in the FAA.
That victory followed up a big effort on Wednesday as the Dragons posted a 5-2 win over Hamden Hall.
Sophomore Kyle Merzon (Greenwich) notched a hat trick around goals by seniors Ian Lee (Greewich) and Nick Attai (Bridgeport).
Sophomores Charlie Benson (Darien) and Ethan Lior (Fairfield) added assists to spark the offense.
On Monday, the Dragons trekked to Harvey and came home with a 4-0 win.
GFA opened the scoring in the final minute of the first half when senior Jake Sinnott (Fairfield) was taken down in the box and Lee put away the penalty kick to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going into the break.
The Dragons carried most of the play at the start of the second half which resulted in a number of scoring opportunities. Mcdonald scored GFA’s second of the match at 63:00 and the scoring combination of two sophomores, — Benson passing to Connor Zaminski (Greenwich) — tallied twice to give GFA the third and fourth goals.
Ella Murphy (Darien) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the GFA girls varsity soccer team to a 7-1 win over The Masters School of New York on Monday.
Charlotte Cohen (Westport), Elyse Kimball (Easton), Annika White (Southport), Sofia Segalla (Stamford), and Diana Hoffman (Westport) added single goals for the Dragons.
Sarah Peltier (Stamford) played the first half in goal with Marygrace Dellasanti (Wilton) taking over duties in the second half.
The two combined for six saves.
The Dragons got goals from Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich), Sarah Logan (Darien) and Kimball to notch a 3-1 win over Westover on Thursday.
Logan also had an assist for GFA as did Murphy.
Kendra Offerman (Bedford, NY) made seven saves for the Dragons.
The GFA girls volleyball team split the week, losing a heart-breaking 3-2 game to the Stormers before bouncing back to beat Westover.
Against the Stormers, GFA dropped a tough match to the Stormers, 3-2, by scores of 25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 22-26, 10-15.
The Dragons started the match playing its best volleyball of the season with crisp backline passing and dominate hitting at the net. The first two sets were all GFA and actually the first half of the third.
GFA had a season high in kills with 44, led by Kirwan Carey (Westport) with 18 kills and 10 blocks, Elena Mota (Darien) with 12 kills, and Jesse Boolbol (Greenwich) and Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport) with five kills apiece.
Setter Meg Nesi (Fairfield) had a strong performance dishing out 29 assists.
The backline defense had their best match with 46 digs, led by Alex Nason (Darien) with 20 digs with Celeste Matte (Stratford), Iilita Pina (Weston) and Tess McCormick (Westport) combining for an additional 20 digs.
The Dragons rebounded and won at home Wednesday with an exciting 3-1 victory over Westover by the scores of 25-10, 20-25, 25-16, 25-22.
The Dragons were dominant at the net with 38 kills, 14 blocks and had an excellent serving day with 13 aces.
The Dragons were led by Carey’s 15 kills, 8 blocks and followed by Boolbol (10 kills) and Nesi with another strong performance with 33 assists. Defensively, Nason led the team with 15 digs and 6 aces.
The Dragons are now 5-4 on the season.
GFA stormed back from a three-goal deficit to make a run at knocking off Hopkins in the late going, but fell short by 3-2 score.Hopkins scored three first half goals to take a 3-0 lead, but was blanked by the Dragons defense in the second half.
GFA, meanwhile, came storming back as Keely O’Shea (Darien) set up tallies by Ryan Morris (Stamford) and Lucy Holzinger (Westport).
Shots were even at 10 each — with GFA goalie Nikki Farber (Westport) making seven saves — while GFA had a 6-5 edge in corners.
GFA pushed hard earning 8 of their 10 shots in the second half and 4 of their 6 corners in this FAA battle. Morris got the Dragons on the board off a broken corner with 12:32 left in the second half starting a catalyst of offensive pressure by Bryn Morrison (Weston), Holzinger, Zoe Koskinas (Fairfield) and O’Shea.
Holzinger found O’Shea on the right side of the field as she ran the baseline and Holzinger pressed into receive a pass to the stroke forcing the ball past the Hopkins goal line with 4:10 left in the game.
GFA tested Hopkins in those last 4 minutes with one last surge with seconds ticking down but just couldn’t convert.
The Dragons fell to an undefeated Suffield team on the road by a 5-0 score.
Suffield outshot GFA 17-5 and had a 10-3 edge in corners.
Farber and Rikeh Saignbe (Bridgeport) combined for 13 saves with Farber making six stops in the first half and Saignbe making seven saves in the second half.
Morris and Holzinger each had a defensive save for GFA, as well.
In its first official home meet in almost a decade, Greens Farms posted wins over King (20-37) and St. Luke’s (21-38) to improve to 5-4 on the season.