So, neither of you are armoured, and they're attacking low.
The first question is really "why are you fighting at the shortened sword anyway?" While there are a few plays for unarmoured fencing which use a shortened sword, this is normally something one adopts partway through an exchange, instead of before starting.
If your opponent attacks low, you always have the simple counter of removing the target and striking high. This can be done particularly easily by passing back with the left leg and thrusting just with the right hand, transitioning into the long sword - at this point you massively outreach them, and can stab them in the face.
If you don't want to go to long sword, simply moving your leg just out of measure and delivering a thrust with the shortened sword should still out-reach them fine. Or counter-thrust at their leading hand while removing your leg as a target.
Of course, the other thing worth remembering is that it's very hard to cut effectively with a shortened sword. This is effective for thrusting, and makes an excellent lever for wrestling, but doesn't lend itself to good cutting mechanics.
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