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Greenwich, New Canaan girls soccer teams play to scoreless tie

September 13, 2016

Nothing was settled after 80 minutes of intense action Monday, as the Greenwich and New Canaan High School girls soccer teams dueled to a scoreless draw at sun-soaked Cardinal Stadium.

For the Cardinals, the result was a big improvement from their season-opener — a game that saw them drop a 6-1 decision to Darien on the road.

“New Canaan is a worthy opponent that is very well coached,” GHS coach Danny Simpson said. “I thought our girls fought back well considering their game-performance Saturday against Darien. Our players were winning tackles and contesting first balls and I think that was important for us today.”

One of Greenwich’s best scoring opportunities came when junior forward Katie Gallagher’s shot soared over the crossbar early in the first half. The Rams, who played Danbury to a 1-1 tie in their season-opener, put a lot of pressure on the Cardinals (0-1-1) during the second half. Forward Madison Starr registered several shots on goal, her final one coming in the 75th minute. Receiving a pass in the box, Starr’s low shot was stopped by Greenwich senior goalie Emma Barefoot, keeping the game scoreless.

Barefoot made six saves in goal for the Cardinals, who were paced defensively by senior Amanda Yu. Kendall Curtin had six saves for New Canaan.

“The second half, the game was played in our half the majority of the time,” Simpson said. “Credit to our girls for hanging in there — from our keeper on out, we responded well. They put a lot of pressure on us, but our team didn’t break down. Every game in the FCIAC is tough. There are no days off. That’s why it’s a phenomenal league to coach in.”

Greenwich is in action again Wednesday against formidable St. Joseph.