Green­wich blanks St. Joseph

Greenwich Time - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports dfierro@green­wichtime.com

A pair of goals by Fran­cisco Liguori helped power the Green­wich High School boys soc­cer team past St. Joseph, 3-0, in a game held in Trum­bull on Fri­day.

Ar­riv­ing at 4:25 p.m. for a 4:30 p.m. game due to traf­fic, the Car­di­nals had to quickly warm-up and pro­ceeded to grind their way to vic­tory.

“It was a scrappy game,” GHS coach Kurt Put­nam said. “We had about 15 min­utes to warm-up and then it turned out to be the type of game where we had to bat­tle to get the job done.”

Liguori scored the game’s first goal in the 20t minute. His sec­ond tally came in the 50th minute, fol­low­ing a Green­wich free kick. Se­nior Dan Bour­geois’ sealed the scor­ing nicely fin­ish­ing a play in the 65th minute.

Jimmy John­son made three saves for the shutout win.

“We cre­ated a bunch of op­por­tu­ni­ties and were able to wear them down af­ter a while,” Put­nam said.

Green­wich (2-1-2) vis­its ri­val Ridge­field on Mon­day at 4 p.m.

GREEN­WICH HIGH GIRLS SWIM­MING

The Car­di­nals won their fourth straight meet to start the sea­son, de­feat­ing vis­it­ing Nor­walk/McMahon, 107-71 on Fri­day.

Green­wich’s 200-yard med­ley re­lay team of Sa­man­tha En­nis, Meghan Lynch, Han­nah Se­ward and Kort­ney Knud­sen touched the wall first in 1:53.61.

Laura Di­ag­nault was the 200 freestyle win­ner for Nor­walk/McMahon (1:59.58) and Emma Robin­son gave GHS a first­place fin­ish in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (2:19.36).

Se­ward took first in the 50 freestyle (25.47), edg­ing Nor­walk/McMahon’s Ash­ley Calderon (25.60). Annabelle Pol­lack won the div­ing event once again for the Car­di­nals, earn­ing 264.45 — a point to­tal that rises with each meet.

Se­ward won the 100 but­ter­fly in 58.31, fol­lowed by Lynch (59.09). In the 100 freestyle, Green­wich’s Jenna Han­dali took top hon­ors, reg­is­ter­ing a time of 56.29. Lynch swam a dif­fer­ent event than nor­mal, the 500 freestyle. But she went out and won the event in 5:09.45. En­nis was the 100 back­stroke win­ner (1:03.60), while Nor­walk/ McMahon’s Me­gan San­ders placed first in the 100 breast­stroke (1:11.92).

Green­wich had a first­place fin­ish in the 200 freestyle re­lay (1:43.60) and Nor­walk/McMahon won the 400 freestyle re­lay in 3:56.82.

“Over­all, I’m very happy with the ef­fort and re­sults for to­day’s meet,” GHS coach Lor­rie Hokayem said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to a tough matchup with Ridge­field on Wed­nes­day.”

GREEN­WICH HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Green­wich was edged by de­fend­ing state cham­pion Sta­ples, 2-1, in a tough FCIAC matchup in West­port on Fri­day.

Af­ter the Wreck­ers took a 1-0 lead with 16:21 re­main­ing in the first half, Green­wich tied the score at the 20:34 mark of the sec­ond half. Demi Ja­nis scored the equal­izer for the Car­di­nals off an as­sist from Paige Fin­neran.

Sta­ples then scored the go-ahead goal with 15:14 re­main­ing in the sec­ond half.

“It was a great backand-forth game,” GHS coach Ally Or­rico said. “We had a cou­ple of corneers at the end of reg­u­la­tion and had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties to tie it up. Our team gave a phe­nom­e­nal ef­fort. Zoe Me­tal­ios and Paige Fin­neran did such a great job of con­trol­ling pos­ses­sion, con­trol­ling the mid­field and pro­vid­ing a great pres­ence out there. Katie Walko and Abril Martinez Ar­raya were very strong in the back.”

Green­wich is in ac­tion again on Mon­day against vis­it­ing Stam­ford.

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