When ‘The Admiral,’ No. 2 Darien’s Navy-bound midfielder Ian Burgoyne, scored an empty-net goal with 1 minute, 36 seconds remaining Saturday, that appeared to be that for No. 3-ranked Greenwich.
When Darien’s sophomore goalie Ryan Cornell stopped a point-blank shot with 54 seconds remaining, the nail was further driven into the Cardinals’ coffin.
Darien had possession and a two-goal lead.
But — some how, some way — Greenwich found itself dancing off its field with a 12-11 overtime victory at Cardinal Stadium.
Greenwich rallied to scored the game’s final three goals. Michael Sands scored on the fast break 10 seconds left. Then Decker Curran happened.
After Greenwich won the ensuing faceoff, Curran, a midfielder who had been held in check by Darien’s defenseman Mark Evanchick, scored an insane goal off an rebounded shot to tie the game with 4.6 remaining.
Darien never had a chance in overtime. From behind the net, Will Perry found Curran whose blast from 15 yards out gave Greenwich the victory just 1:26 into overtime.
Greenwich, which has also beaten recently-crowned No. 1 New Canaan this season, now owns a victory over No. 2 Darien, as well. They’re undefeated in FCIAC play as the regular season winds down before the anticipated league tournament.
Though they probably should have been voted No. 1 last week (hello, everybody: they beat New Canaan earlier this season y’know), perhaps it’s time to let the Cards assume the top spot now, yea?
Curran, Montana Larson and Perry each had three goals for Greenwich, which is now 13-0, 10-0 FCIAC. Darien fell to 12-3, 8-2 FCIAC with its third loss in a week.
Watch the final three goals above, with the call by David Resnick. You can see the full game and more highlights on MSGVarsity.com.