In the mind of a soccer coach, set pieces should always work perfectly, but are rarely executed in games as drawn up.
So, when Greenwich's Emma Christie sent a corner kick into the box right for a waiting Caroline Markowitz, who headed it into the upper corner of the net, it even took their coach by surprise.
"Yeah, that's how you draw it up, right," Greenwich coach Danny Simpson said with a smile. "It was very pleasing."
Greenwich (10-1-6) possessed the ball the majority of the time in the first half but did not get on the board until Molly Haimerl, fresh off the bench, used a tremendous individual effort to make it 1-0.
Haimerl took a cross from Christie, but her shot was blocked by a defender, knocking the ball back to Haimerl, who had to wheel around another defender and Warde goalie Carley Strachan with the ball, firing a low shot into the left corner.
"She just got on the field so she was still loosening up," Simpson said. "She was in a great position and the defender did a good job putting off the first play but she just kept being tenacious and bottom corner it had to be to beat a keeper like her."
Strachan in the first half and Katie Brennan in the second half made several tough saves to keep Warde in the game.
Warde (10-4-3) came out in the second half with more energy and put pressure on Greenwich throughout the final 40 minutes.
"For us it was two halves," Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. "We came out slow and we did not match their intensity. Second half we played much better but this is an experience we need to learn from. Greenwich is a very good team but we need to be able to match the intensity for a full 80 minutes."
Greenwich had several chances to increase its lead and finally broke through again with 10:50 to play when Christie found Markowitz in the box.
"I just did what I could to get the ball in the net," Markowitz said. "I knew we had to get that goal to insure that we won this game, so, I am just happy that I could do that for my team."
The goal proved to be huge when three minutes later a Warde player was taken down in the box on a corner kick and awarded a penalty shot that Emily Pullen calmly deposited in the net to make it 2-1.
The Cardinals were able to run out the clock from there, playing keep away and sending the ball to the corners.
Simpson was impressed with the effort of his team, which is now two wins away from a third straight FCIAC championship.
"They came out and started with intensity," Simpson said. "Being away we had to silence the crowd somewhat and I thought we did that in the first 15 minutes. Warde is such a good school they came back at us and put us under a lot of pressure."
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Greenwich 2, Warde 1
GREENWICH 1 1 -- 2
WARDE 0 1 -- 1
Scoring: G -- Molly Haimerl 1g; Caroline Markowitz 1g; Emma Christie 1a; W -- Emily Pullen (PK) Goalies: G -- Kylie Ginsberg 4 saves; W -- Carley Starchan 5 saves; Katie Brennan 6 saves. Records: G -- 10-1-6; W -- 10-4-3