The Greenwich girls soccer team has the FCIAC thing down pat after winning its third straight title earlier in the week.
Now, they are hoping to use some of that postseason magic in the Class LL tournament, where they have not gotten past the quarterfinals.
The No. 11 Cardinals started that quest in style, scoring early and often, rolling over No. 22 Simsbury 4-0.
The Cardinals hope they can ride the wave from the latest FCIAC run in this year's states.
"We were coming off a huge win the other night and just wanted to keep up the momentum," midfielder Emma Christie said. "We won FCIACs three years in a row, so, we got that title but we've never gotten past the quarterfinal round and we really want to get that state title this year and make history."
Christie scored one goal and assisted on another while Molli Haimerl, Naomi Leeds and Treloara Harrison scored on apiece to lead the Cardinals.
Greenwich will travel to Newtown for a second-round game Monday against the No. 6 Nighthawks at 2 p.m.
Greenwich wasted no time in jumping on the Trojans as Haimerl scored less than two minutes into the game off a pass from Liz Warner, who made a strong run with the ball before feeding Haimerl.
Riding high, the Cardinals scored on their first corner-kick opportunity when Christie found Leeds in the box and Leeds finished the play by beating the keeper.
Having success on the first corner kick of the game is a goal the Cardinals set for themselves every game.
"Coach always says, `the first corner has got to go in, it's got to go in,' and it did," Christie said. "We have been working on them a lot. At the beginning of the season they weren't that strong because people were not able to get it in the back of the net but we have really picked that up."
Christie scored a goal of her own with 11 minutes to go in the half and Harrison rounded out the scoring with 25 minutes to play.
The Cardinals were focussed on starting fast against a team that they have not played before.
"We wanted to get out at the beginning, we don't know them, they don't know us and I thought from the beginning we started off electric," Greenwich coach Danny Simpson said. "We took the game to them and we did a great job. Elizabeth's (Warner) run and Molli's (Haimerl) finish was phenomenal, then capitalizing on the first corner, which is something we pride ourselves on."
Simpson thinks this team is approaching states a bit differently from the teams that have bowed out early in years past.
"It's our Achilles' heel, we have lost in the quarterfinals three times," Simpson said. "Usually after the FCIAC run they get a little lethargic. They have been listening to our voices for three months now. They got the chemistry and they have this confidence about them, they know what they have to do and they execute. Hopefully they can keep this going."
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Greenwich 4, Simsbury 0 (Class LL first round)
GREENWICH 3 1 -- 4
SIMSBURY 0 0 -- 0
Goalies: G -- Kylie Ginsberg 4 saves; Carly Heintz 4 saves, Sarah Tully 0 saves
Records: G 10-1-6; S 8-8-1