Updated 9:38am April 3 — Crushing starts don’t come any more crushing than this.
We really showed up today and we are excited for the season.
— Emma Lesko
“Laura Murphy and Emma Jaques both netted several key goals that put us ahead,” said Wave midfielder Emma Lesko. “After a slow start we really showed up today and we are excited for the season.”
Darien had five goals from Murphy, four from Jaques and a hat trick from Nicole Humphrey in its 20-4 win over visiting Yorktown, N.Y. in a shutdown season-opener on Saturday.
“We are so excited about the game today,” said Murphy, and couldn’t you just tell by the result. “We knew Yorktown was going to be a challenge, and being able to pull away like that in the second half was such a great way to start the season.”
Darien’s Carly Schoudel stopped seven shots in goal.
“Today went really well, I think all of our hard work in practice really came together,” Lesko said. “Our ball movement was some of the best it has been and I think our attack executed our plays very well.”
“Our defense really stepped up today and the middies did an awesome job controlling the draw,” added Murphy, who added an assist to her scoring totals.
Jaques had six points in all, Anna Stein one goal and five assists, Nicole Humphrey four points, Katie Elders and Christine Fiore two goals each, Ashley Humphrey, Katie Ramsay, Mason Maloney one goal apiece.
Ramsay commanded 10 draw controls. But whisper it, or at least don’t shout it out loud.
“Katie Ramsay was our secret weapon today on the draw,” said Lesko. “And (she) was the key to our team excelling today.”
Darien did the damage mostly in the second half.
“Our attack was really able to find the back of the net in the second half, giving us a huge lead that allowed us to get some girls off the bench and enjoy the rest of the game,” said Murphy. “Overall we are so pumped about the results and hoping to continue working hard for the rest of the season.”
And while filling the net at one end, Darien shut Yorktown out in the second half.
“I think we really saw an improvement from the scrimmages in our defense,” said Lesko. “We did not let one goal in during the second half and I think that was thanks to every defender on the field as well as Carly, as always, strong in the goal.
“KiKi Tropsa, Catherine Arrix and Annie Wright all made impressive plays on the defense.”