In matchup of elite FCIAC teams, Darien got a measure of revenge on Wilton with an 8-7 win on its home turf on Thursday afternoon. Playing in a light drizzle for the entire matchup, the Blue Wave never permitted the Warriors to take the lead and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process to move to 5-3. Wilton dropped to 7-2.
Darien gets some payback: One year ago, Wilton picked up a 15-12 victory against Darien in the FCIAC Championship game. Although Darien would rebound to win the Class M state tournament as the No. 13 seed, there was still a score to settle. Darien showed just how much it wanted to win this one its ability to win the majority of 50/50 balls and capitalize on its scoring opportunities. Even after losing the lead midway through the second half, the Blue Wave would not be denied and finished strong to hang on for the win.
Darien needed this one: The Blue Wave came in on a three-game losing streak, so it was important that they got things turned around after a 4-0 start to the season. Granted, those losses came against a trio of very talented teams (Garden City, NY, New Canaan and Manhasset, NY), but it was important for Darien to right the ship by beating one of its biggest FCIAC rivals.
“We were kind of down after our (9-8) loss to New Canaan, and I think this is going to send us strongly into our next games,” Darien’s Emily Stein said. “We just have to keep it going from here.”
Wilton should be just fine: Wilton showed some determination by finally pulling even with 14:15 remaining in the second half after trailing for the entire contest. While they came up just one goal short against perhaps their biggest rival, the Warriors are well aware that they are likely on a collision course with the Blue Wave come playoff time, and it doesn’t sound as if they’ll dwell on this loss.
“It absolutely is [going to come down to the wire against Darien] and we knew that coming in,” Wilton coach Meredith Adamicki said. “We’re going to see Darien again, so I’m excited about the next time we play them.”