Staples field hockey falls to Greenwich in overtime
WESTPORT -- Just 78 seconds after Greenwich High's Sydney Cole nearly gave her field hockey team the win, only to be denied on a breakaway, the junior forward capitalized on her second chance.
Cole fired a shot through traffic and past Staples goaltender Jodie Baris with 8:30 remaining in overtime, lifting the Cardinals to a 1-0 win on Thursday at Staples Stadium.
"(Our defense) was working so hard to keep it out of our cage so once it got down to me, I was like, `I've just got to finish it for them'. ... It was the least I could do," Cole said.
Greenwich (5-1) controlled possession of the ball late in the second half and into overtime, but was repeatedly thwarted by Baris. The Wreckers' freshman netminder made nine saves and kicked aside Cole's point-blank blast just 12 seconds into overtime.
"Usually I tend to move the goalie but I guess I decided to take a quick shot," Cole said. "The goalie made a really nice save."
"She totally kept us in the game," Staples head coach Ashley Del Vecchio said of Baris. "She stepped it up and was ready to play."
Although the Cardinals were denied on the breakaway, their pressure on the net finally paid off when senior midfielder Emily Brash collected the ball and fed it to a wide-open Cole for the game-winner.
"We gave them a lot of opportunities to score and they took it, and went with it," Del Vecchio said.
Staples (3-2-0-1) had plenty of chances of its own in the first half to score, but Greenwich goaltender Freddie Bancroft had an answer each time. Bancroft, a junior, made four saves and blocked a penalty stroke 15 minutes into play.
The Wreckers recorded 10 shots in regulation but none in overtime. That proved to work out perfectly for Greenwich's potent offense.
"Our girls are absolutely tremendous in (seven on seven) because they're extremely intelligent players who have great athletic skills," Greenwich head coach Ally Orrico said. "So when you put their game I.Q. together with their physical game skills, I'm always confident that our girls can get the job done."
Greenwich won its fourth straight while the Wreckers, the defending FCIAC champions, have now alternated wins and losses in their first six games. Del Vecchio, who is in her first season at the helm, is confident in the direction that the Wreckers are moving in.
"I think the season's going well. We've had our surprises. We had a tough loss to Stamford 2-0, but we also beat Norwalk," she said. "We've had some good surprises and some not-so-good ones."
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GREENWICH 1, STAPLES 0 (OT)
GREENWICH 0 0 1--1
STAPLES 0 0 0--0
Records: Greenwich 5-1; Staples 3-2-0-1.
Goals: G--Sydney Cole. Assists: G--Emily Brash. Goalies: G--Freddie Bancroft (4 saves); S--Jodie Baris (9). Shots: G--11; S--10.