Darien Students Begin Fall Sports Season at Greens Farms Academy

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Here’s how students from Darien helped raise the scores for fall sports teams at Greens Farms Academy in Westport as the fall sports season begins:

— an announcement from Greens Farms Academy

VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY

The varsity field hockey team kicked off the season in a big way.

Junior Zoe Koskinas (Fairfield) scored five goals while Keely O’Shea (Darien) had two goals and three assists to lead the Dragons to an 11-0 season-opening win at home on Saturday.

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GFA field hockey player Keely O’Shea of Darien chases down a ball.Photo

Koskinas’ five goals in the game is believed to be a school record, according to head coach Liz Schuellein.

Autumn Bartush (Norwalk) added two goals and an assist while single tallies came off the sticks of Laila Pina (Weston) and Laci Raveis (Fairfield)

Goalie Nikki Farber (Weston) only had to make one save.

CROSS COUNTRY

GFA girls varsity runners and Haley Nilsson (Fairfield) and Caroline McCall (Westport) both posted top 16 finishes during Saturday’s 31st running of the Wilton Invitational cross country meet at Allen’s Meadow in Wilton.

Nilsson placed 12th in 16 minutes, 3 seconds while McCall was 16th in 16:07 to highlight the day for GFA.

Larson Palmgren (Darien) led the boys charge finishing 94th in the competitive field in 18:48.

In the boys freshman race, GFA’s own Sam MacDonald (Stamford) placed second overall in 8:12.

Georgia Palmgren (Darien) placed eighth in the girls JV race in 17:51.

BOYS SOCCER

Mitch Colonna (Norwalk) and Liam Murphy (Westport) both scored a goal, but the Dragons fell on the road by a 3-2 decision to Cheshire Academy on Saturday in its season-opener.

The Dragons fell behind 3-0 at halftime and stormed back, but couldn’t get the game-tying goal.

Will Whelan (Fairifeld) had a pair of assists for the Dragons, who were outshot 18-11.

Max Yates (Fairfield) made eight saves for GFA while Ryan Buzzee (Norwalk) had seven saves.

On Saturday, the Dragons dominated the action in the second half, but were unable to get a goal into the net against St. Andrew’s, one of the top prep powerhouses in New England.

Yates made seven saves for GFA while Charlie Benson (Darien), Ethan Lior (Fairfield), Liam Murphy and Charles Kolin (Greenwich) all had solid chances to score over the course of the second half.

Benson’s attempt at a game-tying shot deflected off the cross-bar late in the second half.

GIRLS SOCCER

GFA’s girls soccer team had plenty of chances, but in the end simply couldn’t convert while suffering a tough 2-1 loss to Christian Heritage on Tuesday in Westport.

Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Elyse Kimball (Westport) put a shot on goal that deflected off a Heritage defensive player and into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Christian Heritage would score early in the second half and despite dominating possession over the final four minutes, the Dragons couldn’t find the equalizer.

GFA hit the cross bar twice and a post once over the course of the game. The Dragons also had nine corner kicks in the game.

Sophomore goalie Lane Murphy (Darien) made four saves.

The Dragons peppered Ethel Walker with 16 shots on Saturday, but were unable to score during Saturday’s road game.

Murphy made two saves for the Dragons, who slipped to 0-2.

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