GFA Roundup: Boys soccer team improves to 3-2-1
The GFA boys soccer team won consecutive games to improve to 3-2-1 early in the season.
It began with a 6-0 win over the Wooster School last Wednesday. Ben Strait scored a pair of goals, while Stephen Gallagher, Paul Bozzella (Westport), Charlie Mounts (Westport) added a goal for the Dragons.
They followed up that with a 3-1 league win over FAA rival St. Luke’s last Saturday. After a St. Luke's own goal eight minutes into the first half, Strait scored off an assist from Mounts to give GFA a 2-0 halftime advantage. In the second half, St Luke's scored on a penalty kick to make it 2-1 before GFA added a late goal to seal the win.
Boys cross country
The Dragons met for their second FAA meet last Wednesday at Sherwood Island. Senior captain Alex McCall (Westport) came in fourth place out of 100 runners with a time of 18:13. Charlie Courtemanche finished ninth with a time of 18:39.9. Sean Minson finished in 11th place, with his best season time of 18:52.6.
The GFA boys are now in third place in the FAA.
Girls cross country
Last Wednesday the Dragons had six runners at the starting line for the FAA race at Sherwood Island. Senior captain Maggie Boudreau finished second out of 98 runners with a time of 20:16. Maddy Abrahamson placed third with a time of 21:00.
The Dragons came up with their first goals of the season against the Hopkins School last Wednesday. While Hopkins scored first, the Dragons from GFA quickly responded with a goal by eighth grader Elyse Kimball. Just minutes later, freshman Sophie Staeger scored off a cross from freshman Ella Murphy. In the second half, Hopkins scored early to give the game its final 2-2 tally.
Last Friday, the Lady Dragons lost to St Luke's 3-2. Scoring for the Dragons were Murphy and freshman Clare Mengel. Freshman Allie Agnew played in goal.
GFA fell 4-0 to Convent of the Sacred Heart last Tuesday. Freshman goalie Rikeh Saingbe had 22 saves. In the team's 5-1 loss to Rye Country Day last Thursday, junior Chloe Messina tapped in GFA's only goal off a cross by freshman Bryn Morrison. Last Saturday, GFA tied in overtime against Miss Porter's School. The Dragons scored early on a penalty corner when Claire Jansen tapped in a pass from Lucy Holzinger.
GFA earned a 3-0 win over Wooster (25-15, 25-13 and 25-14). Olivia Sullivan had 11 kills and senior Allie Carey had 10 kills and eight aces. Setter Meg Nesi (Westport) had nine assists; sophomore Ililta Pina (Westport) had eight assists.
Last Saturday GFA pushed its record to 4-2 with a 3-0 win over Chase Collegiate (25-21, 25-14 and 25-17). The Dragons were down 16-21, until senior Nina Rodgers rattled off eight consecutive serves — including four aces — to end the first set. In the second set Carey had eightconsecutive serves — including five aces — to end the second set. Shinnick had 10 digs.