Greenwich girls soccer tops Trumbull for FCIAC 3-peat
Updated 12:26 am, Wednesday, November 7, 2012
NORWALK -- The seniors on the Greenwich High girls soccer team had a three-peat on their minds all season, and Tuesday night they earned it, winning their third straight FCIAC title with a 1-0 win over No. 1 Trumbull.
"It means the world to us," tournament MVP Sara Mischanti said. "This is what we always say we play for, this moment right here. We always talk about what legacy we want to leave, and this is such a great legacy to leave. It shows with these medals and we really came out and proved ourselves."
The Cardinals will share the title with St. Joseph, which defeated Ridgefield 2-1 in the other semifinal at Testa Field in Norwalk.
The FCIAC was forced to name co-champions after Hurricane Sandy delayed the tournament.
Mischanti was the anchor of a defense that was the heart and soul of the Cardinals run this season.
Greenwich (11-1-6) has not lost since the opening game of the season but tied six times, knocking them down to the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC playoffs.
"If you look at our record, we had six ties and that kind of was the big question mark of our season," Mischanti said. "They were all 1-1 or 0-0 but, if you look at it, we only let up 11 goals and we have not lost since September.
"I know these girls in the back work so hard. Megan (Bartholomew), Caroline (Markowitz) and Margaret (Parker), we all put in so much work and play so well together."
Fittingly, it was one of those defenders, Markowitz, who came up to score the lone goal for the Cardinals, converting a header off a corner kick by Emma Christie with 4:20 to go in the first half.
Markowitz, who was not a scoring threat in the regular season, scored the game-winning goal in both the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Trumbull (13-2-3) came into the tournament riding high, but coach Daniel Uhrlass felt his team did not perform up to par Tuesday night.
"I think we passed the ball poorly tonight," Uhrlass said. "We pride ourselves on being a good passing team and I thought our decision making and sharpness was not there tonight. We didn't deserve it. Greenwich is a very good defensive team and they know how to take advantage."
The Eagles had some chances in the second half but only managed three shots on net as the Greenwich defense tightened up when challenged.
FCIAC girls soccer semifinal
GREENWICH 1 0--0
TRUMBULL 0 0--0
Scoring: G--Caroline Markowitz 1g; Emma Christie 1a
Goalies: G Kylie Ginsberg 3 saves; T Emily Doris 6 saves
Records: Trumbull 13-2-3, Greenwich 11-1-6