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Final four for Wave, Huber ‘unsung hero of the day’

Darien 4, Greenwich 1

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STREAK — Kyla Johns, congratulated by freshman Georgia Cassidy (No. 9) and Sloane Bessey (No. 11), keeps on scoring in the playoffs. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

FIELD HOCKEY

Without dillydallying, the Wave delivered in its 4-1 win over Greenwich on Monday.

Darien led 3-0 at the half.

“They did a great job yesterday,” Wave coach Mo Minicus said of the Class L quarterfinals victory at home. “We just had a great first half. It was just a well played game, much better than the day before.”

The Wave led 4-0 until Greenwich scored with 17 minutes to play in the second half.

Number one seed Darien (17-1) plays No. 4 New Milford (14-2-2) in the semis at Weston High 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

“We ended up changing the starting lineup a little bit and giving Kyla Johns a chance to start, and Georgia Cassidy,” Minicus said. “Just to do something different.”

Life’s like that. Why not field hockey.

Scoring for 1-0 for Darien with 23:00 on the clock in the first half, Johns, keeping her streak going, that goes back to the FCIAC semis-final.

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BEAUTIFUL GAME — Kat Huber (left, white, No. 5), she’s everywhere. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

“On a gorgeous cross from Kat Huber,” said Minicus of Johns’ goal. “And Kyla swept it in the cage.”

Four minutes later Johns and Cassidy set up a breakaway by Lexi Perticone and she made it 2-0.

“It got to the right of the goalkeeper, and the ball was sitting there, on the five-yard line all alone, and Lexi comes in,” said Minicus.

With five minutes left in the half Hollis Perticone tipped the ball in to Claire Culliton and she finished it for 3-0.

Twenty-two minutes stood on the clock in the second half when freshman Cassidy set up Hollis Perticone for 4-0.

“She just wheeled and dealed her way around people,” said Minicus. “In and out of the circle, and just sent it into the middle of the circle where Hollis (Perticone) was wide open. And Hollis looked up with such poise and shot and scored (lifting it).”

Danica Hornick made five saves in the cage for Darien.

“And we had some stellar defense from Jackie Brokaw,” Minicus made sure to add. “And absolute amazing midfield play by Kat. Kat was just the unsung hero of the day — everywhere. Beautiful game.”

Senior Huber is committed for highly ranked Syracuse next season.

“It’s a big step,” said Minicus.

Next step though is vs. a New Milford program the Wave has not played against in over half a decade.

But Minicus knows what to expect.

“I think they are going to be hard,” said Minicus. “Fast and physical.”

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POISED — Hollis Perticone scored and set up a goal. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

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