Not a pretty start.
But it was two beautiful finishes that put Wave field hockey on top in a 2-0 victory over Fairfield Warde at home on Wednesday.
“Not a great first half,” said Darien coach Mo Minicus. “We were really too slow moving — can’t quite put a finger on it — we didn’t shoot out of the gate the way I wanted to.”
Kat Huber and Claire Culliton scored the beauties for DHS.
Probably not one of our best efforts, but yet, still a nice win, because the girls kept their composure.
— Mo Minicus
And it was a good thing that they did. Because, again, how did things go early on?
“It was just a really funky, funny first half,” Minicus added. “But luckily it was 0-0 at the half.”
Second-in-the-FCIAC Darien climbs to 10-1 overall, 9-1 FCIAC, winning its eighth straight.
Warde drops to 5-3-1-1.
“We dominated pretty much the entire second half,” Minicus said. “Started connecting better.”
Huber made it 1-0 midway through the second half.
“Beautiful corner set-up by Maggie Wells inserting it to Lexi Perticone,” said Minicus.
Perticone crossed it left side to Huber who tucked it in by the left post.
“It was gorgeous,” Minicus said.
Soon after Erika Osherow had the helper on Culliton’s 2-0 marker.
“Erika sent it in to Claire in the circle, Claire controlled the ball; dribbled, dodged, and then did this gorgeous reverse-sweep,” said Minicus. “And (she) basically lifted it over the goalkeeper.”
Danica Hornick had the shutout making three saves.
Katie Stepsis stopped 12 shots for the Mustangs.
“Probably not one of our best efforts, but yet, still a nice win, because the girls kept their composure,” Minicus said. “(They) didn’t give up, and just kept chipping away.”