Caruso’s hat leads Darien boys soccer past New Britain

Darien's Owen Comey (24) and Greenwich's Maximo Acosta (8) battle for the ball during a boys soccer game in Darien on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

Darien's Owen Comey (24) and Greenwich's Maximo Acosta (8) battle for the ball during a boys soccer game in Darien on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

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Chase Caruso had a hat trick in the first 20 minutes and the Darien boys soccer team romped to a 6-0 victory over New Britain in the first round of the CIAC Class LL tournament on Tuesday.

No. 8 Darien (10-2-5) will now square off against No. 9 Ridgefield (11-3-4) in the second round at 2 p.m., Thursday at DHS.

Ridgefield defeated No. 24 South Windsor 3-1 in the first round.

It’s the second meeting between the Blue wave and Tigers in two weeks, with the first game featuring a dramatic finish to regulation before Ridgefield won in PKs in the FCIAC quarterfinals.

In that game, Darien trailed 2-0 at halftime before James Kennedy scored twice in the second half, including the equalizer with one second remaining.

Neither team scored in two 10-minute overtimes, and the Tigers then won it 4-1 in the PK round.

Darien had no problems with No. 25 New Britain (6-9-0) on Tuesday, scoring five goals in the first 27 minutes.

Caruso had the first three in the fifth, 17th and 20th minutes, before Travor Pegg added a goal in the 24th minute.

Colin McCann then scored on a penalty kick, and Matthew Reynolds added a second-half goal for the final score.

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports