Katie Ramsay didn’t single handedly – or single foot-edly — defeat Warde.
But her performance was singular in scoring a hat trick in the Wave’s 3-2 victory over the Mustangs at home on Wednesday.
The main thing is seeing the character of the team, to come together and bounce back.
And this at a time when Darien is soldiering ahead with one foot tied, in a surgical sling, behind its back.
“We’ve had some injuries to deal with (of crucial players), but we have to keep grinding down,” said Wave coach Leigh Parsons. “We have not had an ideal time. But every team has to look at what it’s got and make the best of it.”
Midfielders Onora Brown, Riley Allen, defender Eva Finn are all out, along with standout senior defenseman and captain Charlotte Harmon out all season.
“We’re working with it,” added Parsons. “A lot of girls stepped up.”
At 8-2 Darien matches first-in-the-FCIAC East Staples’ (24 points) record, a team it faces on Monday.
With 24 points the Wave is in third place in the West and tied for third overall with Staples.
Warde goes to 6-3.
Chrissie Fiore made seven saves in goal for the Wave.
Ramsay has 15 goals on the season.
“We should be right there at the end, when we have to do our best,” Parsons said. “But the main thing is seeing the character of the team, to come together and bounce back against one of the toughest teams in the league.”
Darien was shutout 2-0 by Ridgefield (8-0-2, 26 points) in its prior game. Brien McMahon (6-1-2, 20 points) accounts for its other loss.
Darien was up 2-1 on Warde after one half and made it 3-1 in the second. The Mustangs scored on a PK with 30 seconds to go.
Nathalie Bravo played the ball deep into the box and the keeper came out and found herself with a face full of Ramsay.
“Katie Ramsay put her under pressure and basically came out with the ball,” Parsons said of the lead up to 1-0. “Then she kind of took her to the end line. She was very composed, and pretty much from the end line bent it top corner, far post.
“A very impressive finish.”
Warde tied it 1-1 just 10 minutes later.
“Then we went on the attack,” Parsons said.
Darien stormed down the right side.
Lauren Sulger passed back to Ramsay at the top of the box.
“And she whipped it in, first time,” Parsons said of the shot that hit the corner, back post. “They were two really, really strong finishes.”
Two minutes into the second half Ramsay collected a loose ball, broke free and was 1-on-1 with the keeper.
“She had a really good strong finish the keeper’s left,” Parsons said.
Support was all around her.
“Sophia Cortellesi came in at left back and was phenomenal,” added Parsons. “Emily Bergwall has been unreal this year; at right back or left back at times; again, the solid duo of (Emily DeNunzio) and (Anna) Fox.”
With strong games in front of them: Eilanna Dolan, Lauren Larizza, Sulger, Bravo.
“A lot of girls contributed,” Parsons said. “Ellen Harnisch (eight goals) as usual, and a few girls coming in off the bench; freshman Nelle Kniffin, Olivia Yoo.”