East Catholic Upends South Windsor

By Nate Zielinski

In a game with two evenly matched teams, the deciding factor was all about recognizing opportunity and taking advantage of it.

Junior Nicole Garfield pounced on a loose ball in the box after a free kick delivery and fired a shot low and in the corner past the South Windsor goalkeeper just before the end of the first half. It was the only goal of the game and enabled the Lady Eagles to improve their record to 7-1-1 while the South Windsor Lady Bobcats dropped to 5-4 this season.

“It was so exciting but it was such a team win, it was great,” said Garfield after the game.

Garfield’s goal was the highlight of the offensive attack, but East Catholic fired numerous shots at the South Windsor keeper, Hanna Basilse, who played well in the loss.

Sophomore Alexandra Ansaldi and senior Courtney Charbonneau both had excellent chances in the first half as Ansaldi just missed a free kick and Charbonneau hit a rocket from close range but it was straight at Basile.

Twins Emily and Katlin Szemreylo also played key roles in the win for East Catholic. They consistently attacked down the left and right flanks, delivering solid crosses and pressuring the South Windsor defense.

A key sparkplug for the East Catholic was Mason Worthington as well. The senior is one of the smallest players on the team but plays a ferocious style of soccer perfect for her center forward position. Her speed made the South Windsor defense uncomfortable, and she took the free kick late in the first half that Garfield was able to convert on.

South Windsor found their offensive stride late in the second half, behind a solid midfield performance from senior Rebecca Russo. Her dominating presence in the midfield was effective late and she was almost able to score on a free kick with less than ten minutes left but it was tipped over the bar by East Catholic keeper Madison Thiel.

Thiel, only a sophomore, played well late down the stretch as South Windsor controlled possession late. She was tested often, but managed to turn back every attempt made by the Bobcats.

The Lady Eagles are off to an impressive start this year, and Garfield offered some perspective and a strategy for how to keep things moving in the right direction.

“I think continuing to play as team going forward and defending well together,” said Garfield .

Up next: South Windsor looks to rebound at home against Bloomfield on Monday and East Catholic will look to extend their win streak to 5 at home against Tolland also on Monday.

Check out Nicole Garfield’s Game Winning Goal:

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