Darien boys soccer rallies, but falls to Ridgefield on PKs

Darien's Trevor Pegg (5) goes up for a header over Greenwich's Maximo Acosta (8) during a boys soccer game at Darien High School on Tuesday, Oct, 5, 2021.

Darien's Trevor Pegg (5) goes up for a header over Greenwich's Maximo Acosta (8) during a boys soccer game at Darien High School on Tuesday, Oct, 5, 2021.

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James Kennedy scored a goal with one second remaining to tie the game, but the Darien boys soccer team eventually fell to Ridgefield on penalty kicks in the FCIAC quarterfinals Friday night at DHS.

The Blue Wave (9-2-5) will now await the start of the CIAC Class LL tournament, which begins Nov. 9. Darien is currently in seventh place in the standings, and final seeds will be announced later this week.

Darien has had a flair for the dramatic recently. In the final game of the regular season last Wednesday, Kennedy scored a goal in the final minutes to tie Warde and clinch an FCIAC home game for the Wave.

The No. 4 seed in the FCIAC, Darien fell behind No. 5 Ridgefield (10-2-4) 2-0 in the first half of Friday’s playoff game. Fisher Mills and Andreas Paleaz scored the Tigers’ goals.

Darien cut the deficit in half on a corner kick in the 63rd minute.

Trevor Pegg launched the ball into the center of the box and Kennedy booted it into the net to make it a 2-1 score.

The Wave was still trailing in the final minute when pressure drew the Ridgefield defense to the left side. The ball rolled to the foot of Kennedy on the right and the junior sent it into the corner to tie the game and force overtime.

Neither team scored in a pair of 10-minute overtimes, but Ridgefield grabbed an early 2-0 lead in penalty kicks. Darien was unable to get back on track as the Tigers won 4-1 on PKs.

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports