GFA roundup: Boys soccer falls in FAA title game
The GFA boys' varsity soccer team beat King 3-2 in the FAA semifinals last Wednesday, and then fell 1-0 to Masters in the championship game.
Against King, senior captain Griffin Garner (Greens Farms) opened the scoring in the 12th minute off an assist from junior Charlie Mounts (Westport). King came back with two goals of their own to make it 2-1 at the half.
After the break Mounts tallied GFA's second goal off a pass from junior Ben Strait to tie the game at 2-2 before Garner notched the winner in the 54th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Dumoulin finished with seven saves.
The win moved GFA into the FAA tournament finals, which were held last Friday.
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Near the end of the second half, Masters took a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down. The referee ruled the ball crossed the goal line, giving Masters the lead and ultimately the win..
GFA is the No. 1 seed in the New England tournament, and will take on No. 8 Portsmouth Abbey at home on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The Dragons lost their FAA semifinal match to King 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-22) last week. The Dragons had moments throughout the match but never got into the rhythm that they had the previous two weeks.
The Dragons (10-8) will head to Worcester, Mass., to face The Bancroft School in the first round of the New England Tournament at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Girls cross country
The Dragons had a stellar showing at the FAA championships last Monday, coming home with a second-place finish at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Maggie Boudreau finished second overall with a personal best time of 19:39. Boudreau, along with junior captain Carmen Martin and sophomore Maddy Abrahamson placed in the top 10 and were All-FAA.
On Sunday the girls ran again -- this time at the New England Championships, hosted at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT.
GFA had four girls place in the top 20: Boudreau (eighth), Madi McCreesh (12th), Abrahamson (15th), and Martin (20th). Among the teams, there was a tie for fourth between GFA and Holderness; the tie breaker was decided based off of each team's sixth runner, resulting in a fifth place overall finish for GFA.
Boudreau, McCreesh, Martin and Abrahamson will race on Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., for the New England All-Star cross country meet.
Boys cross country
Twenty teams -- 142 boys -- from all over New England gathered on Sunday at Vermont Academy for the New England Division III cross country championship race. Senior Danny Ross finished 11th overall with a time of 18:29; junior Alex McCall had a time of 18:41 and was 19th overall. Both boys were recognized as All-New England runners for the 2014 season.
GFA finished the meet second overall.
Ross and McCall will head to the New England All-Star meet on Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass.
GFA traveled to Miss Porters last Tuesday for their final game of the season, and lost 3-0. Senior captains Campbell Goldsmith and Olivia Lennon led the team. Daly Naughton (Darien) came up with 10 saves.
GFA's season came to an end last week, as they went 0-2 with losses to Miss Porter's (2-1) and Ethel Walker School (4-1).
Chloe Messina scored the game's first goal against Miss. Porters. However Porter's came back to tie the game and pulled ahead in the final minutes.
The team finished the season 5-10-1.