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Greenwich Academy Thumped, 6-1, in League Final

GREENWICH, Conn. – It was not the Friday afternoon anyone on the Greenwich Academy girls soccer team was hoping for. After cruising to an impressive 2-0 victory in the league semifinals, many expected Friday’s championship game vs.  St. Luke’s to come down to the wire.

St. Luke’s quickly put to bed any hope of a third consecutive Fairchester Athletic Associaiton title for the Gators, however, scoring four goals in the first 16 minutes of the match. Greenwich Academy had no answer for a relentless St. Luke’s offense that got off a whopping 20 shots at the net. The Storm’s Caroline Parsons netted a hat trick en route to a 6-1 clubbing of Greenwich Academy in the championship game.

“A tough day at the office,” Greeniwch Academy head coach Alistair Lonsdale summarized. “[St. Luke’s] completely deserved to win the game. They took their chances very well and put the game to bed within 25 minutes.”

Sarah Whylly finally put Greenwich Academy on the board with 17:19 left in the first half, but the deficit was already too great to overcome. The Gators played hard until the final whistle, but the St. Luke’s defense was sparkling, forcing Greenwich Academy to the outside. The Gators never seriously threatened to score after Whylly’s first-half goal.

Even more stunning was that the Gators had not allowed a single goal in the first two rounds of the tournament. Greenwich Academy goalkeeper Kat Goldsmith did manage to save 12 shots in the St. Luke’s onslaught.

“We worked hard, don’t get me wrong. My kids gave it their all, but they just got outplayed,” Lonsdale said. “One good thing is, they did show their character in the way they took the defeat and the way they behaved in the loss.”

Greenwich Academy (11-3-4) will now wait for its seeding in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament, which begins next week.

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