GFA roundup: Dragons boys soccer routs St. Luke’s
Published 11:03 am, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Greens Farms Academy boys soccer team began last week with a 5-0 victory over St. Luke's. Junior Ian Lee scored three times and senior Sunday Okeke scored twice with senior captain Michael Medvedev providing all five assists.
The Dragons ended their week with a 2-1 loss in their Homecoming match against EF Academy last Saturday. GFA took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Okeke found Medvedev with a pass that set up the goal early in the match. Junior goalkeeper Henry Holzinger held down the defense with seniors Rocco Babun, Jack Moley and Hobi Lew.
GFA is now 10-3 on the season.
The Dragons faced Holy Child on last Tuesday, falling 3-0 by the scores of 23-25, 22-25, 12-25. The offense was led by senior Olivia Sullivan with eight kills and nine blocks, sophomore Kirwan Carey with eight kills, and freshman Meg Nesi with 12 assists. Defensively GFA was led by Ililta Pina (Westport) with 10 digs, and Alex Nason with eight digs, along with help from Sullivan who added five digs, and Celeste Matte with five digs.
The next day, the team won 3-2 at Canterbury by the scores of 26-16, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-4. The Dragons won the first two sets using strong serving, clean passing and power at the net. Sets three and four went to Canterbury, forcing a fifth set, which went to GFA. The team received big serves from Nesi, with nine straight points in the fifth set. More strong serves from senior Grace Steinkraus and junior Hannah Kozdeba finished the set. Key blocks came from junior Alex Wagner and senior Blair Marine. Sullivan had 15 kills and eight blocks, Carey had 12 kills and five blocks, and Nesi had 22 assists, 22 service points and nine aces.
Last Saturday the Dragons lost to an undefeated King squad by the scores of (25-27, 9-25, 12-25). GFA was led by Nesi with 13 assists, Sullivan with seven kills, Carey with six kills, junior Ililta Pina with nine digs, Nason with seven digs, Marine with five digs and Kozdeba with five digs.
Last Thursday GFA beat rival Greenwich Academy 2-1 at home. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Dragons came alive in the second half with sophomore Kelly Van Hoesen scoring twice. Her first goal came off a direct kick from a few yards outside the box to tie the game. Freshman Elyse Kimball and senior Alexis Messina held down the opposing offense while senior Lexi Kimball made numerous saves, including a tip on one shot that saved the win for the Dragons.
Last Saturday GFA walked away with a 1-1 tie against rival King. The Vikings scored the first goal of the game off a direct kick, but GFA came back when Charlotte Cohen (Westport) crossed the ball from the left wing and it went by the King goalkeeper and over the line for the score. Messina and Lexi Kimball controlled much of the play in the back with Van Hoesen and Kimball controlling the ball in the middle.
The Dragons improved to 4-7 last week with wins over Westover and King at home. Against Westover last Wednesday, GFA came away with a 3-0 win. Senior Chloe Messina scored first with 9:40 left in the game, and again one minute later with a redirect from sophomore Francesca DeVita. On GFA's seventh corner, sophomore Lucy Holzinger sent the ball into the upper left corner of the net with nine seconds left, securing the win. Freshman goalie Nikki Farber (Westport) recorded her second shutout, with seven saves.
Last Saturday GFA came home with a 2-0 win over King, which had beat GFA 4-0 earlier in the season. GFA defense, led by sophomore Alex Nesi, held King to no corners or shots on goal in the first half. The teams played to a 0-0 tie at the half, but with two minutes remaining in the game sophomore Bryn Morrison found DeVita who put in the first goal. One minute later the Dragons scored junior Ryan Morris capitalized on a Holizinger shot rebound. Farber had her third shutout with three saves.
GFA cross country wrapped up their regular season Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Sacred Heart of Greenwich. The boys team ended the regular season 4-14 losing both matches in Greenwich to Hopkins and Masters. Freshman Charlie Bohnsack earned the top spot for GFA (20:10). Senior Tyler Green finished his final regular season on a high note, running 20:35.
Last Saturday GFA took on King School and EF Academy on a rainy, windy afternoon. GFA defeated both teams: junior Connor Calzone ran a very strong 2-mile race finishing at 13:02, as did junior Ross Mix, who clocked in at 13:33.