Wave’s soccer past takes on present at Darien’s annual alumni game

Darien soccer players past and present pose for a photo after the annual alumni game at Darien High School on Nov. 24.

Darien’s soccer past met the present during the annual Darien Alumni vs. Varsity boys soccer match at the DHS Oval field on a chilly Saturday, Nov. 24.

Head coach Jon Bradley’s 17 players from this year’s team, captains and seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen alike, and their parents came out to watch them display their skills against the assembled Alumni.

Players from DHS classes of 2000 through 2015 wore the Blue alumni shirts, and this year’s game was officiated by a “seemingly-biased” 1966 DHS graduate.

Within minutes, the Varsity squad took the lead with some magnificent play, darting between the Alumni defense, which were still trying to get used to the cold while warming up. A vicious strike from the right winger outside the penalty box found its way into the upper 90 on the far side.

Then the battle began. After 40 minutes and half-time found the score 5-4 in favor of the Alumni, the Varsity was inspired to handle the oldies. At the conclusion of regulation, the score was knotted at 7-7, so it was decided that instead of ending with penalty-kicks, they’d play to a “golden goal.”

It took another 12 minutes of back-and-forth play, but the Alumni prevailed to take the Founder’s Cup with an 8-7 win.

Both sides then joined the Rugby Players annual match at Jimmy’s Southside to relish their stories and reconnect with past alumni.

Together both matches brought together more than 60 past and present players.

The Darien soccer program also thanked John Visi, Tim Blake, and John McCarthy for their efforts in continuing this tradition.