Wilton hung in there for the first half of Thursday’s FCIAC matchup against Greenwich. But it was all Cardinals in the second half.
Showing how potent they could be offensively, the Cardinals soared to a resounding 18-7 win over the visiting Warriors. Greenwich stepped it up in its offensive and defensive zones during the second half.
“The first half, we were trying to be too perfect on offense,” Cardinals coach Scott Bulkley said. “The second half we started to settle down and were able to get into a rhythm.”
Not pleased about allowing five first-half goals, the Cardinals also slowed down the Warriors offensively in the second half. Junior Tommy Rogan, who was superb in the team’s quadruple overtime win on Tuesday, made eight saves. Wilton netminder Jameson Hill, who found himself in difficult situations throughout, registered 16 saves for the Warriors (2-2).
Speaking briefly following the disappointing loss, Wilton coach John Wiseman said: “We need to play defense, we just have to play defense. It was a good first half for us, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Junior Decker Curran, one of the hero’s of Tuesday’s win vs. Ridgefield, had a hat trick, as did senior middie Ryan Flippin. Senior Kyle Foote, Bobby Goggin, Sam Saleeby, Will Perry and James Paradise each tallied twice, with Luke Finnera and John Tooher adding single goals for GHS.
Shooting a high percentage throughout, the Cards were especially efficient on offense during the second half, finding seams in the Warriors’ defense by dodging hard. Greenwich also seemed to have success shooting low in the second half, after going high with a lot of its attempts in the opening half.
“Our three lines can all rip the ball and score,” Curran said.
“Whoever is hot, we will find that person and get him the ball,” Flippin added.
Greenwich has scored 68 goals through its first four games, which averages out to 17 goals per outing. That’s impressive to say the least, but the Cards aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
“We’re playing well, but we’re stressing not to get too high or too down on ourselves,” Bulkley said. “It’s a long season.”