Fairfield Warde field hockey falls to Greenwich in FCIAC quarterfinals
Fairfield Warde field hockey's first trip to the FCIAC playoffs since splitting from Fairfield High School was a short one.
The Mustangs fought valiantly, but ended up falling short as the
No. 6 seeded Warde fell at No. 3 Greenwich, 2-0
on Friday afternoon in
the FCIAC quarterfinals
Greenwich's Claire Feeney tallied a pair of goals as Greenwich advanced the FCIAC semifinals yesterday against New Canaan.
Warde was not without chances though, especially in the first half. The Mustangs had a terrific chance when Stacey Dileo sent a pass across the circle to Darcy Berger. Berger settled and shot, beating Greenwich goalie Brooke Cabrera, but a Cardinal defender was on the doorstep to clear the ball away before it had crossed the line.
"Darcy had a great, great shot there, it was past the goalie,"
head coach Jodie Shannon said. "I think if we could've had that and we would've had that momentum."
Warde outshot Greenwich 2-1 in the first half, and controlled play for the first 30 minutes, the Mustangs simply could not put the ball into the Cardinals' cage.
Both of Feeney's goals came off of rebounds, the first just 2:16 into the second half. Jess Deutsch made the initial save, but Feeney snuck the ball past her and into the Mustangs cage to make the game 1-0.
Feeney's second goal put the game out of reach with just eight minutes to go in regulation off of a Warde defender.
"That last goal that went off of our defender's leg, she didn't know it was going to do that," Shannon said.
Warde will play Amity today at 4 p.m. Shannon is hoping that the Mustangs will gain confidence as the team moves to states now.
"Hopefully Amity will give us the opportunity to shoot," Shannon said. "Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for them for states."