DARIEN \u2014 Greenwich soccer captain Jake Hughes-Jones had the ball and some room to move. The only issue was he was about 35 yards from the goal. \u201cSomething\u201d he said, \u201ctold me to shoot.\u201d Hugh-Jones unleashed a left-footed shot that sailed high into the top left corner of the net to begin a run of three unanswered goals as the Cardinals handed Darien its first loss of the season 3-1 Tuesday in Darien. Hugh-Jones scored goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes, and Santiago Borrego added the final tally off a great cross from Isaac Dumeny in the 64th minute. The victory could be key in the FCIAC playoff race, as both teams are in the hunt for one of the top four spots and a home game in the quarterfinals. Greenwich improved to 5-1-2, and the Blue Wave dropped to 6-1-1. Greenwich was able to overcome an early goal by Darien\u2019s Trevor Pegg, who scored in the third minute before the teams had settled in. Trailing, the Cardinals were able to keep the pressure on before breaking through in the second half. \u201cI thought even though we did go down, we definitely were the better team in the first half and the better team throughout the game,\u201d Hugh-Jones said. \u201cWe just felt really on top of everything. We were getting the ball down, playing where we wanted and controlling the game. We\u2019re all super-happy with today\u2019s performance.\u201d Darien was at a disadvantage shortly after Greenwich\u2019s second goal, as Chase Caruso picked up his second yellow card, which was converted to a red card, forcing him out of the game. The Wave played a man down for the final 27-plus minutes while trying to come back. \u201cThe poor part of the game was the first 10 minutes of the second half,\u201d Darien coach Jon Bradley said. \u201cWe were a step behind and that punished us. Then the red card came in and that was pretty much the end of it. Once you go down to 10 players, there\u2019s so much space for them to play into.\u201d Pegg\u2019s goal in the first half was the Wave\u2019s first shot of the game. Pegg made a nice turn into the offensive third, raced to the top of the box, and sent the ball past Greenwich goalie Julian Colin to the far post. Led by Dumeny and Hugh-Jones, the Cards were relentless on offense, but the Blue Wave\u2019s first-half goalie Will LeHan held the shutout. Greenwich finally knotted it on Hughes-Jones\u2019 long goal with 31:55 to play, as the ball sailed over second-half goalie Thomas Branca. \u201cI was surprised he even hit it from there but when he did, I don\u2019t know if their other goalie would\u2019ve been able to save that,\u201d Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam said. \u201cThat knuckled as well and (it went) right into the top corner. I don\u2019t know if he\u2019ll hit another one like that for a while.\u201d \u201cI just picked up, it was a nice pass to me and I had a lot of space,\u201d Hugh-Jones said. \u201cSomething just told me to shoot, so I had to go. I was fortunate it ended up in the back of the net. It felt good to get one and tie it back up, and for us to then go ahead of them.\u201d Hugh-Jones then scored on a header with 28:00 to play. The ball was played out by a Darien defender, but officials ruled that the ball had crossed the line, putting the Cards in front 2-1. Greenwich\u2019s final goal was from Borrego with 16:08 remaining. Despite the loss, Bradley is happy with his team\u2019s positioning, especially after playing a difficult schedule thus far. \u201cWe\u2019re 6-1-1 right now and I don\u2019t know where we\u2019re going to finish up, but we have played a brutal first part of the season,\u201d Bradley said. \u201cWe\u2019ve played Norwalk, we\u2019ve played Staples \u2014 we\u2019ve played most of the teams in the top four. Our destiny to be in the top four and host a (FCIAC quarterfinal) game is still in our hands.\u201d \u201cI like where the team\u2019s at and the sky\u2019s the limit,\u201d Hugh-Jones said of Greenwich. \u201c(Darien was) an undefeated team and we\u2019ve had a couple games where the results didn\u2019t go the way we wanted, and a couple of others where we didn't play the way we wanted. So it\u2019s nice to get the result and play well and see the team playing well.\u201d PLAYER OF THE GAME Jake Hughes-Jones, Greenwich: The senior captain scored the Cardinals\u2019 first two goals, equalizing on a 30-yard kick and putting them ahead for good during a corner kick four minutes later. QUOTABLE \u201cYou can see the way we play and what we\u2019re capable of doing when we play our game. If the back five can shore it up, the front five are going to do damage. We\u2019ve got speed and skill. Our ball-movement was fantastic today. That\u2019s probably the best we\u2019ve played for the longest.\u201d \u2014 Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org; @dstewartsports GREENWICH 3, DARIEN 1 GREENWICH 0 3 \u2014 3 DARIEN 1 0 \u2014 1 Scoring: D \u2014 Trevor Pegg, 3rd minute; G \u2014 Jake Hugh-Jones, 49th minute; G \u2014 Hugh-Jones (Gordy Cartwright), 52nd minute; G \u2014 Santiago Borrego (Issac Dumeny), 64th minute. Records: Greenwich 5-1-2; Darien 6-1-1.