GFA fall sports wrapup
Published 2:01 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2010
The GFA girls soccer team defeated St. Luke's 5-4 in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the New England Tournament after a 1-1 tie after two 10 minute over time periods.
Sophomore Caroline Vanacore scored the lone goal for the Dragons four minutes into the second half. St. Luke's answered with a goal of its own 15 minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.
In penalty kicks, both GFA and St. Luke's had four goal scorers each. GFA players to score were seniors Jenna Pittleman (Weston), Maggie Harwood, junior Kate Tomlinson and eigth grader Olivia Lennon. Sophomore Kiki Kaufman was the sixth player called upon as she delivered a beautiful game winning goal after a St. Luke's player missed her penalty kick. Freshman goalie Caroline Kruk made a stellar save.
GFA went on to face Groton in the semifinals of the New England Tournament. Despite losing 3-0, the Dragons played tough but Groton had some beautifully placed goals in the victory. Seniors Maggie Harwood, Jenna Pittleman (Weston), Ali Rouatt (Westport), Reilly Lewis and Hayley Brown had a great season leading GFA (14-3-7).
Post-Season racing for the GFA boys cross country team has been nothing short of phenomenal. GFA three-peated as FAA League and New England champions, handily racing past 13 other Division IV teams from all across the region on Nov. 13 in Bath, ME.
Junior captain Wills Rooney set a new course record with his winning time of 17:00, and five other Dragons placed in the Top 15 of 104 runners that day: Senior Captain Will McCarthy (18:06) took fourth, senior captain Evan Bieder (18:16) placed sixth, junior Pete Maturo (18:22) was 10th, junior Chris Tarika (18:29) finished 12th and freshman Drew McCarthy (18:32) grabbed 13th .
The girls team placed ninth. Senior captain Kaitlyn Morio (Westport) continued her all-season streak of achieving Top 10 runner status by placing 10th of 106 runners, with senior captain Becca Lavietes (22:52) only 21 seconds behind in 17th place. Both girls broke the previously-held Hyde School course record.
Rooney (16:33) was crowned NEPSTA's top runner at the New England Prep School Track Association All-Star meet on Nov. 20, three seconds off the course record. Thirty-four runners qualified for the all-star race held at Ghiloni Park in Marlborough, Mass.
Other GFA runners were Will McCarthy (17:34), Bieder (17:40), freshman Drew McCarthy (18:12), and junior Peter Maturo (18:25), placing 15th, 16th, 22nd and 24th, respectively.
The GFA boys soccer (8-7-1) lost 2-1 in the FAA Semi Finals to King. Despite controlling the game with time of possession and outshooting its opponent, GFA fell to King. G
A opened the game with three quick breakaways, but missed the net each time. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie.
King scored first after the break and followed that with a penalty kick to take a 2-0 lead. GFA continued to play an attacking style which finally paid off when sophomore Ryan Eckert was taken down from behind in the box.
Senior Andy Mondino (Westport) took the penalty kick and brought GFA within a goal of tying the game.
The last 10 minutes of the second half were spent in front of King's goal with GFA creating chance after chance but not quite finding the back of the net. Seniors Jake Becker (Westport), Henry Van Zant (Westport), Greg Pallay, CJ Smith, Kyle Webb and Rex Tavello along with sophomores Ryan Friend, Munir Qaddourah, and Clay Garner (Westport) all played very well as did freshman Brendan Bieder. This was the third consecutive year that GFA has made it to the FAA Semi-Finals.