GFA roundup: Boys soccer team opens with win
Published 5:07 pm, Monday, September 21, 2015
The GFA boys soccer team earned a victory and a tie in their first week of the season, a 5-1 win over Cheshire Academy, and a 0-0 draw with Trinity Pawling.
The Dragons fell behind 1-0 after 15 minutes to Cheshire, but ramped up the pressure and scored when Charlie Mounts (Westport) fired in a deflected shot in the 25th minute.
In the second half Ben Strait found Stephen Gallagher for the first goal of his hat trick on the afternoon; his second goal came from a penalty kick and the third came from a throw-in by Patrick Friend. Sophomore Jake Sinnott completed the scoring for GFA when he found the back of the net from a Gallagher pass.
Sophomore goalkeeper Henry Holzinger had nine saves against Cheshire, and followed that up with a 13-save effort against Trinity Pawling to preserve a 0-0 tie.
The Dragons lost last Thursday's match to Sacred Heart team 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-12). GFA kept the first set close and tied it up at 13-13 but that is when the momentum shifted. The strong Sacred Heart serving attack dominated the rest of the match.
GFA kicked off its season last Wednesday at Sherwood Island. Seven boys teams competed, and GFA came away with three wins and three loses. Of the 110 boys running, two GFA runners finished in the top 15. Senior Alex McCall completed the 5K course at 18:48, fourth overall, while sophomore Charlie Courtemanche crossed the line at 19:41 and earned 12th place.
The GFA girls team had three runners finish the 5K in the top 15 out of 109 total runners. Senior Carmen Martin took second place overall with a time of 21:26, sophomore Maddy Abrahamson was ninth (22:18) and freshman Maddy McCreesh finished 13th (23:09). All nine girls' teams from the FAA competed and GFA came away 4-4 on the day.
Last Saturday, Allens Meadows was the site for the 27th annual Wilton Invitational. Junior Tyler Green (Westport) took 1:27 off his 5K time from his previous race to finish at 20:28.
GFA ran seven girls on the 2.5-mile course. In the varsity race, Martin finished ninth overall.
The team then traveled to Ethel Walker School last Saturday and came home with a wild 6-3 win. Mengel had a hat trick in the win.