GFA boys soccer claims FAA title
Published 9:37 am, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The GFA boys soccer team captured a rare FAA title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Rye Country Day last Saturday. That came after a 5-2 win over Masters in the FAA semifinals.
Against Masters, senior Matt Allen had two goals, senior captain Ben Strait had a goal and an assist, as did senior captain Charlie Mounts (Westport). Fellow senior Stephen Gallagher added a goal while sophomore Ian Lee tallied an assist to round off the scoring for GFA. Sophomore goalie Henry Holzinger stopped nine shots.
In Saturday's 1-0 victory over Rye Country Day, Strait drew a crucial foul with 15 minutes left in a scoreless game. Mounts took the resulting free kick and found Allen for the goal. Holzinger had 13 saves for the shutout and the title.
The Dragons lost 3-0 in the quarter finals of the FAA tournament to Greenwich Academy (25-13, 25-17, 25-19). Senior Allie Carey had 15 kills and four blocks, eighth grader Meg Nesi (Westport) had 13 assists and senior Rory Shinnick had 13 digs.
The team is seeded fourth in the New England tournament, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 18, against Miss Hall's School.
In the quarterfinal round of the FAA playoffs last Monday, No. 6 Masters traveled to play No. 3 GFA. Scoring for GFA were freshman Sophie Staeger (Westport), junior Alexis Messina, freshman Ella Murphy and two goals from junior Clare Mengel for a 5-3 Dragons win.
Last Wednesday the Dragons faced St. Luke's in the FAA semifinals, and lost 2-0.
Last Saturday GFA played its last game of the regular season against Miss Porters School, walking away with a 1-1 tie. The Dragons scored their goal of the game early in the second half off a long pass from Mengel, which eventually found the head of senior captain Erin Reilly, who knocked the ball in goal.
GFA begins the New England tournament Wednesday, when they will face Marianapolis Prep.
Last Saturday the girls and boys cross country teams ran in their final meet at the NEPTSA Division III championship held at the Canterbury School. The boys team finished in sixth place overall with senior Alex McCall (Westport) coming in sixth place at 17:29 and earning himself All-New England honors. The girls finished in 13th place, with Maggie Boudreau (20:48), Carmen Martin (20:49), and Madi McCreesh (20:54) finishing in the top 20 to earn All-New England honors.
GFA field hockey ended their season with a 3-0 loss against Ethel Walker. GFA's final record was 2-11-2.