DARIEN - When things are working well for the New Canaan girls soccer team, Dillyn Patten and Kaleigh Harden can become an almost unbeatable combination. On Tuesday, they picked a spotlight game to put their connection on display. Harden scored two goals, both off great crossing passes from Patten, as the Rams overcame a one-goal deficit and defeated the Blue Wave 2-1, in Darien. The victory gave New Canaan the Rivals Cup for 2021. The winning goal came in the 66th minute as Patten raced into the corner and sent a high pass into the box. The ball glanced off the hands of leaping goalie Coco Scoma, and bounced in front of the net, where Harden fought past a defender and scored. "We know that's when we're most dangerous when Dillyn crosses it and I get there," Harden said. "Dillyn does such a great job of running by everyone and just placing it in front of the net. I can't take credit for the goals because she just runs it down and I'm there to run it through." It was a big game in the FCIAC playoff race, as the Rams (6-3-2) and Wave (5-5-1) are both fighting for a tournament berth. New Canaan had dominated the early part of the game, but the Wave countered and took the lead on a goal by Colette Quinn in the 28th minute. The Rams remained persistent and equalized in the 35th minute. "When you go 1-nil down, especially in games like this where it's a local derby against a very talented team, it's difficult to pull yourself back in," New Canaan coach Rich Hickson said. "They managed to do that. They showed the character and the strength and the mind to get back in it." The Rams have now won five of their last six games, while the Wave has dropped four of five to fall to .500. "There is a lot of disappointment," Darien coach Leigh Parsons said. "I felt like they were very good and we were a little lucky to go into halftime 1-1. There were a few moments that we could've dealt with a little better that led to goal-scoring opportunities for them." Quinn's goal came on a long shot from outside the box, as the ball looped in towards the center of the net. New Canaan goalie Gabriella DeFelice got her hands on it, but the ball slipped through, bounced into the net, and gave the Wave a 1-0 lead. That came after the Wave defense, led by first-half goalie Jillian Fox, had withstood sustained pressure from New Canaan. "They were dominant early on but we held up defensively very strong," Parsons said. "Then we got that goal against them and that's what you need to do when a team has come with high energy." "After that goal, we were a little frantic and we fell out of order," Harden said. "But we knew we were the better team. We had 15 minutes left and then a whole second half, so we just took a breather and we knew we'd score goals." New Canaan pulled even with 5:02 to go in the half when Patten maneuvered past a couple of defenders into the corner and crossed the ball in front. Fox blocked it low, but the ball squirted free and Harden raced in for the goal. The Rams' defense, which featured Jade Lowe, Hollis Mulry, and Kennedy Kreutzer, was untouched for the final 52 minutes of the game, allowing for the comeback. "We've worked a lot defensively, we've changed things up a little bit, and the girls have responded very well," Hickson said. "It was another good performance from the defenders and they should be really proud. The goal scorers score the goals, but if you can stop them from scoring, that's big." Darien will look to bounce back in the final four games, as it fights for one of eight FCIAC playoff spots. The Wave is also contending with a big injury, as Chloe Humphrey, a top scoring threat, is sidelined. "It's such a good group of girls and they want it so badly, it just feels like it's falling short at times," Parsons said. "So we've got to figure it out and get something out of the remaining games to get where we want to be. PLAYERS OF THE GAME Kaleigh Harden and Dillyn Patten, New Canaan: The senior pair teamed up for both of the Rams' goals, with Patten assisting and Harden cashing in. QUOTABLE "We looked at our schedule and that was a tough start, but we weathered that pretty well. Going into this period of the season, they've kept themselves in the hunt for the top eight. Now in these last five (games), it's about getting results on the board and trying to put distance between us and the chasing pack. It's very competitive." - New Canaan coach Rich Hickson firstname.lastname@example.org; @dstewartsports NEW CANAAN 2, DARIEN 1 NEW CANAAN 1 1 - 2 DARIEN 1 0 - 1 Scoring: D - Colette Quinn, 28th minute; NC - Kaleigh Harden (Dillyn Patten), 35th minute; NC - Harden (Patten), 66th minute. Goalies: NC - Gabriela DeFelice 11 saves; D - Jillian Fox and Coco Scoma (2nd half) 17 saves. Records: New Canaan 6-3-2; Darien 5-5-1.