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FCIAC FIELD HOCKEY quarterfinals Finneran’s goal lifts Cardinals

October 27, 2018 GMT

Winning its final six games of the regular season, the Greenwich High School field hockey team entered the postseason with much-needed momentum.

Paige Finneran and a strong defensive effort, enabled the Cardinals to keep their momentum surge when the FCIAC Tournament commenced on Friday.

Finneran, a senior captain, scored midway through the second half, giving third-seeded Greenwich a well-earned 1-0 win over sixth-seeded New Canaan in the quarterfinal-round of the FCIAC Field Hockey Tournament on Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

Greenwich (13-4) advanced to the FCIAC Tournament semifinals, where it will play second-seeded Darien on Monday at Brien McMahon High School.

“It was back-and-forth the whole entire game,” Cardinals senior tri-captain Sam Chabot said. “We look forward to our next game, we have our eye on the prize, but we know we have to stay focused and be prepared.”


Fending off a Rams defender, Finneran sent a drive from the top of the circle inside the far post, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 second-half advantage.

“It was a real defensive battle back and forth,” GHS coach Ally Orrico said. “We had a lot of opportunities, but New Canaan’s defense was really good and goalie was really good. But our girls kept fighting and creating opportunities to score, we just couldn’t get it past their defense and goalie, until Paige was finally able to convert.”

Friday’s FCIAC quarterfinal was a rematch of the season-opener for the Rams and Cardinals, which New Canaan won, 1-0.

“New Canaan had really good ball possession skills, they did a nice job with give-and-goes and their transfers were really good,” Orrico said. “We played a phenomenal defensive game. Every time they tried to counter, we were able to stop their counter. You knew in a game like this, with two FCIAC teams, it was going to come down to one goal.”

Said Chabot: “It definitely was a team win all-around, everyone was on their ‘A’ game. We were focusing on making really quick passes and transitioning it around the field. Our defense was solid. They never let it get in their defensive zone and just carried it out. We also had some good give-and-goes throughout the field.”

Sophomore Jorja Pastore earned the shutout win in goal for Greenwich, which went into halftime embroiled in a scoreless tie.

“I’m very impressed with the composure Jorja has shown as a sophomore,” said Orrico, who credited senior Gigi Imperatore for helping lead the team’s solid defensive play and Finneran and senior Courtney Swift for creating scoring chances. “She is really doing a fantastic job and is so poised. We forget she is a sophomore. Also, Zoe Metalios (senior tri-captain) helped us maintain possession, doing a fantastic job with our time kill.”

Greenwich’s last loss came when it dropped a 7-2 decision to Darien on Oct. 4. Since then, the Cardinals have rebounded nicely, winning seven straight games.

“Our team is hungry, they are working hard and executing well,” Orrico said. “They are doing a good job of executing our game plan during this nice winning streak. They know they are in control of their own destiny.”