GA soc­cer ties Hotchkiss

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Green­wich Academy’s soc­cer game against vis­it­ing Hotchiss School on Sat­ur­day was truly a back-and­forth bat­tle.

The Ga­tors and Bearcats traded goals through­out, with GA net­ting the fi­nal tally — one that en­abled it to forge a hard-fought 3-3 draw.

“It was a very high level of soc­cer,” GA coach Alis­tair Lons­dale said. “Both teams played ex­tremely well and we were very ex­cited to score a late goal and come out of the game with a tie. It’s a big point for us against a very good New Eng­land op­po­nent.”

Trail­ing 3-2, Green­wich Academy tal­lied the equal­izer with only 2:30 re­main­ing in the sec­ond half. Green­wich Academy ju­nior for­ward Tessa Brooks’ per­fectly-placed free kick found the back of the net, ty­ing the score at 3-3.

Hotchkiss took a 3-2 lead with a goal in the 74th minute, but the Ga­tors’ upped their pres­sure, us­ing a 3-4-3 for­ma­tion. Green­wich Academy (7-2-1) scored the game’s first goal with 16:30 left in the open­ing half. Re­ceiv­ing a pass near the right side­line from se­nior Ka­rina Toub, sopho­more Paige Lip­man drib­bled the ball down the side­line and sent a cross into the box, that found the foot of Brooks, who tapped it in­side the left post, mak­ing it 1-0.

Re­ceiv­ing ef­fec­tive de­fen­sive play from sopho­more Schuyler Sar­gent and ju­nior Christina Mal­don­ado and strong play in goal from sopho­more Ella Fugel­sang, GA took a 1-0 lead into half­time.

Hotchkiss forced a cor­ner kick early in the sec­ond half and cap­i­tal­ized on the set piece, evening the score at 1-1. The Bearcats went ahead, 2-1, mid­way through the sec­ond half, but GA came right back.

Brooks sent a free kick in the box and ju­nior Tay­lor Lane tal­lied putting GA in a 2-2 tie with the Bearcats. Fugel­sang made eight firsthalf saves and stopped three shots down the stretch of the sec­ond half to pre­serve the tie for Green­wich Academy.


The Car­di­nals dropped a 2-0 de­ci­sion to Westhill on Fri­day in Stam­ford. Clau­dia Benz scored both goals for the Vik­ings.

Clay Gar­rett made five saves in goal for Green­wich. Jor­dan Moses and Clau­dia Caruso led the Car­di­nals’ solid play.

Green­wich is in ac­tion again on Wed­nes­day against Wil­ton at 6 p.m.

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