Few teams are on a bigger tear than the Greenwich boys soccer team. Despite eight injuries to begin the season, including four to starters, the Cardinals have managed to not just stay afloat, but also to dominate the league. Westhill was the latest victim in Greenwich's six-game win streak, with a dominating 3-0 shutout over the Vikings on Tuesday.
"That was probably our most complete game of the year," Greenwich head coach Kurt Putnam said. "When you consider we only gave up two shots in 80 minutes, that's a credit to everyone on the field. Any time you get a shutout against a team like Westhill you know you've done a good job."
The key was Greenwich's ability to move the ball up and down the field. Westhill had about equal possession of the ball but could seem to go only side-to-side, getting only two shots on goal the entire game. The Vikings midfielders tried to split the Greenwich defenders and feed the ball to forward Mateo Gallego, but the attack was snuffed out on each occasion.
Senior forward Reg Jones made up for a missed penalty kick, slamming home a redirected shot that went wide from Phil Collins. Seven minutes later, Mathias Valle knocked in a header off a beautiful pass by Thomas Agrest for the insurance goal. Agrest added his own goal with 16:42 to play in the second half, a bending screamer from 20 yards out.
"A lot of kids have stepped up for the injured guys, and now we're getting healthy," Jones said. "We've been letting up a lot of late goals this season so it feels good to get a shutout."
Greenwich's six-game win streak will be tested as it plays four of its final six games on the road. The first challenge will be against the Rams in New Canaan at 4 p.m. Thursday. Greenwich stands at 7-1-1 on the year.
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