Wave shines bright as the lights in season opener

Wave 7, Mustangs 0

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Katie Elders lunges for the ball in the season opener. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

FIELD HOCKEY

Updated 11:16am — It was at long last lights on for Darien, and a fast lights out for Warde in the season opener.

Being the first to play on that field was such a great feeling not just for the team but for the entire program.

— KiKi Tropsa

“A long time waiting, right?” said Darien coach Mo Minicus.

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Game on, lights on at DHS in 2017. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

The Wave deserved the spotlight in the school’s first floodlit game, beating the Mustangs 7-0 on Friday night.

Leading 5-0 at the half, Darien had two goals each from Sally Cassidy and Shea van den Broek.

“Being the first to play on that field was such a great feeling not just for the team but for the entire program of BWFH,” said Darien senior captain KiKi Tropsa. “We appreciated all of the fans that showed up and the experience was something that we will never forget.”

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The lights were on, and the players aglow in the home opener on Friday. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

Tropsa, Sidney Schrenker and Katie Elders scored one goal apiece.

Erica Blaze and Grace Aronsohn shared the goal for the shutout, as the Wave (1-0) defense held the visitors to no shots on goal.

“It was a great opener, it really was,” Minicus said. “It was really an incredible experience to finally play on home turf under the lights. The girls were so excited. Thanks to Mark Maybell, and the (Peter) Grahams and Guy Wisinski and all the guys behind Darien Athletic Foundation, for never giving up and making it happen.”

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KiKi Tropsa makes the play. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

Bridget Mahoney and Katie are holding down the fort at midfield,” Minicus said. “The forwards too, Sally, Sidney, Kendall (Wisinski). All (nine) forwards played well.”

Darien had 34 shots on goal.

“I think it was the vibe of first game,” Minicus said. “You know, first game under the lights. They just got into their groove. They moved the ball really well and supported each other all over the field.”

Van den Broek, Wisinksi, Molly Helman, Elders and Mahoney had one assist each.

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