John­son sets record in GHS soc­cer win

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Green­wich High School se­nior goalie Jimmy John­son cel­e­brated his soc­cer team’s se­nior night in record-set­ting fash­ion.

The Car­di­nals reg­is­tered a de­ci­sive 6-0 win over Bridge­port Cen­tral Fri­day on Se­nior Night and John­son be­came the pro­gram’s all-time leader in shutouts for a goalie. The shutout was the 25th clean sheet of John­son’s Car­di­nals ca­reer.

“It tied it up at 24 the other night in our win against Wil­ton, so I’m ex­cited to break the record tonight on Se­nior Night,” John­son said. “I’m pretty happy about it, the pre­vi­ous record of 24 was set a while back.”

John­son, who kept an­other foe off the score­board, also serves as one of the Cards’ cap­tains.

“It’s been a chal­lenge, we started off the sea­son with some ties early on, but we’ve played well,” John­son said. “The main theme this year was to mo­ti­vate our younger play­ers and get them to buy into the cul­ture of the team.”

The Car­di­nals wasted lit­tle time in gain­ing the mo­men­tum in Fri­day’s matchup against Cen­tral. Se­nior Thomas Streiff tal­lied off a pass from Christo­pher Cruz for the game’s first goal in the third minute. That com­bi­na­tion struck again in the 14th minute, mak­ing it 2-0.

In the 22nd minute, se­nior Dan Ubal Bar­ri­en­tos scored off a pass from se­nior An­drew Carl­son. Fabian Suarez Becker, a se­nior, tal­lied in the 52nd minute, with se­nior Ro­dane Macken­zie get­ting the as­sist and se­nior For­est Gan­dler notched a goal in the 57th minute. Macken­zie sealed the scor­ing in the 63rd minute.

In­deed, it was a night for the se­niors for Green­wich.

“Every­one got play­ing time, we were able to get all of our se­niors in tonight, which was great,” GHS coach Kurt Put­nam said. “We had a of play­ers play the other night in our win against Wil­ton too. The se­niors are the foun­da­tion of our pro­gram and it’s been nice to see them im­prove over the years.”

Green­wich plays Fair­field Warde, Nor­walk and Dan­bury next week.

“We have a tough week ahead of us and we need to get some re­sults for seed­ing in the play­offs,” Put­nam said. “It should be a good test for our team.”

BRUNSWICK SOC­CER

Brunswick notched a 5-0 win over vis­it­ing EF In­ter­na­tional Academy on Cosby Field on Fri­day night. Five dif­fer­ent Bru­ins scored in the Home­com­ing win, as Brunswick (5-3-2) ex­tended its win­ning streak to five games.

EF In­ter­na­tional took a good shot at get­ting on the board early on, as the vis­i­tors sum­moned a solid at­tack in the sixth minute of play. The Storm made a few passes from mid­field to get to the Brunswick 18 and put a solid shot on goal. How­ever, Brunswick’s goalie Eric Meindl (four saves) turned away the shot with a dive to his left, di­rect­ing the ball out­side the post.

Fol­low­ing the save, Brunswick’s of­fense came alive, scor­ing two quick goals.

In the 14th minute, Brunswick’s Ben Is­rael earned pos­ses­sion near mid­field and took on two de­fend­ers. Is­rael found an open­ing in the EF In­ter­na­tional de­fense and con­verted a shot from 25 yards out to give the Bru­ins a 1-0 lead.

A minute later, Chi­nai played a cor­ner kick to the front post that Ai­dan Wil­liams headed home for a 2-0 ad­van­tage.

The Bru­ins made it a 3-0 game a few min­utes into the sec­ond half, with Chi­nai scor­ing. PK Keller played a through ball from mid­field down the right side­line to Nico Mon­toni. Mon­toni took on a de­fender and cut back to find Chi­nai who con­verted a one-timer.

Brunswick added two late goals, in­clud­ing a tally by Harry Bar­ringer in the 80th minute. The net­ted the fi­nal goal five min­utes later, with Chris­tian Barnard find­ing Chi­som Ok­para for to cap the scor­ing.

GREEN­WICH HIGH GIRLS SOC­CER

Green­wich con­trolled the ac­tion from start to fin­ish in post­ing a 7-0 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Bridge­port Cen­tral in an FCIAC game on Fri­day.

Yuri Naka­mura tal­lied twice, as did Kelly Martyanov for the Car­di­nals, who earned their third win of the sea­son.

Kris­ten Ber­zolla, Katie Feure­man and Kris­ten Winn also scored for Green­wich. Katie Large and Estelle Jar­rett com­bined for the shutout in goal.

“It was good to see a lot of our younger play­ers con­trib­ute to the win,” GHS coach Si­mon Rum­bold said.

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