DARIEN—Sporting an unbeaten record at any point in a season is a good thing.
How your team built that unblemished resume is a more important consideration.
The Darien High School girls soccer team scored in the opening five minutes and made the goal stand up as the Blue Wave posted a 1-0 home triumph over Trumbull High Tuesday.
“I took lots of positives from the contest,” said Darien coach Leigh Parsons. “It was a grind-it-out victory where we showed our grit. Good chemistry also carried us along. And we had chances to break it open but we hit three crossbars. We displayed team balance to weather the storm for the win.”
And so, Darien sits atop the FCIAC East Division with a 2-0 mark having opened the season with a 6-0 triumph over Greenwich.
Darien senior captain Christine Fiore registered 15 saves in net for the shutout. However, until the final nine minutes of play, Trumbull’s offense had difficulty penetrating the scoring box.
Darien defenders Emily DeNunzio, Eva Finn, Emily Bergwall and Riley Allen worked so Fiore had a small amount of tough saves.
“We worked well as a unit,” senior captain DeNunzio said. “Our skill sets blend well together. Our priority was to stop Trumbull’s crosses to the net.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Junior forward Ellen Harnisch had the lone Darien goal, converting a pretty touch feed from senior captain Katie Ramsay just 4:48 into the contest.
“Katie made the great pass. I was just the end of the play,” Harnisch said. “Katie and I haven’t played forward together until this season. But she is easy to work with and we’ve built some good chemistry very quickly. It was a good victory. To start out the year at 2-0 shows our team has so much potential.”
DON’T SLEEP ON TRUMBULL
Even with Tuesday’s loss, Trumbull High (0-1-1, 0-1-1 FCIAC) should be in the chase for the FCIAC playoffs. Trumbull tied Ridgefield, 0-0 to open the year.
Junior goalie Maryna Barone finished with 15 saves including some tough stops in the second half. The crossbar was her friend, getting in the way three times.
Trumbull’s defense — led by senior captain and sweeper Kristen Pagliaro — did well against the overall physicality of Darien.
But the Eagles had too many lulls where they tried to play the ball in the air rather than keeping their passing on the artificial turf.
“Our slow start hurt the most,” said Trumbull senior quad-captain Brady Lynch. “Darien scored early and we were chasing the game thereafter. Darien is a good team and it’s a long season. But we know we can compete with anybody.”
Trumbull’s veteran coach Daniel Uhrlass wasn’t happy about the loss. But he feels whatever shortcomings he saw can be fixed with time and practice.
“Darien outplayed us. They outworked us. Our passing wasn’t very fluid,” Uhrlass said. “The fact we couldn’t answer after Darien scored (4:48 in) is very frustrating. But Darien is always a strong team.”
DARIEN 1, TRUMBULL 0
TRUMBULL 0 0—0
DARIEN 1 0—1
Records: Trumbull 0-1-1, 0-1-1 FCIAC, Darien 2-0, 2-0.
Goals: D—Ellen Harnisch. Assists: D—Katie Ramsay. Goalies: T—Maryna Barone (15 saves); D—Christine Fiore (15 saves).