Ludlowe ends Greenwich's unbeaten streak

The Fairfield Ludlowe girls soccer team ended Greenwich High’s four-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory over Big Red on Monday night.
“It was a team effort and I’m definitely proud of the effort the girls gave,” Ludlowe head coach Kate Dawson said after her club improved to 4-4. “We knew this was going to be a pivotal week in our season, facing Greenwich and Warde, two very difficult opponents in the FCIAC.
“What I said to the girls before the game was that it was going to come down to focus and execution and finishing. Today we were able to put the ball in the net and win the 50-50 balls.”
With 21:47 to play in the opening half, Fairfield senior Lindsay Zilling got the pass from fellow senior Ali Gorab and drilled the shot at GHS junior goalie Kylie Ginsberg.
While attempting to clear the ball out of harm’s way, a Greenwich defender appeared to get a foot on the ball in an attempt to redirect it. However, the ball still found the way in the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
With 5:12 to play in the game, the Falcons padded its lead when senior Krissy Bradley unloaded a blast from nearly 30 yards out that beat Ginsberg (6 saves) in the top right corner of the net for the 2-0 lead.
“Credit to Ludlowe today. The way they hustled and went after every ball for the whole 80 minutes was terrific,” Greenwich High School head coach Danny Simpson said.
“They didn’t give us a chance to settle and didn’t give us a chance to get our rhythm of passing. Full credit to the coach and girls at Ludlowe. They played a fantastic first half and in the second half when we changed it up and put them under pressure, they withstood it.”
Fairfield had the early scoring chances. Bradley had a chance at a goal with 31:07 to play in the opening half, but her corner kick sailed just past the GHS net.
Nearly 10 minutes later, Greenwich was able to get a shot on net, when junior Jamie Kockenmeister got the turnover at midfield and passed to junior Isabella Pehrson, however Pehrson’s shot went wide of the net.
After the Falcons stunned Big Red with the goal with 21:47 to play in the half, Greenwich tried to respond, as sophomore Emily Berzolla, sophomore Caroline Frey and senior Vitoria Galbier each had solid goal scoring opportunities that were saved by Ludlowe keeper Caroline Serniak (5 saves).
However, those were the only quality chances Big Red had in the half, as the Falcons were a step quicker.
“There were times where we were defending more than we were attacking and we had to stay even and stay composed,” Dawson said.
“That makes all the difference. We had to rely on our senior leadership today and Krissy and Lindsay stepped up and scored the goals. In the back, Annie McNamara was a really solid leader.”
In the second half, the Cardinals changed up its attack, were more aggressive to the ball and it showed. Greenwich was getting more quality scoring chances.
As a team, Greenwich finished with 10 shots on goal, one more than Ludlowe.
With 38:19 to play, sophomore Treloara Harrison got a foot on the ball and fired a shot at close range, but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced out of harm’s way.
Five minutes later, sophomore Anna Giannuzzi was on a fast break to the net, however Ludlowe senior Alex Wykoff was able to catch up to Giannuzzi and deflect the ball at the last second.
Giannuzzi had another chance with 17:53 to play, as she got the ball, beat the FLHS defense and launched a shot at point-blank range, but it sailed just over the crossbar.

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