Darien girls soccer topples No. 1 Staples in OT of FCIAC quarters; New Canaan is up next
The Darien girls soccer team is going to get a second shot at the rival New Canaan Rams.
The eighth-seeded Blue Wave snapped a scoreless tie by scoring two goals in the first 90 seconds of overtime en route to a 2-0 upset victory over No. 1 Staples in the FCIAC quarterfinals Thursday at Loeffler Field in Westport.
It was the first loss of the season for Staples (13-1-3), which had handily beaten Darien, 3-1, on Oct. 12.
The Wave (10-5-2) will now face No. 4 New Canaan (12-4-1) in the FCIAC semifinals at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, at Wilton’s Kristine Lilly Field. New Canaan edged Wilton 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
In the regular season meeting between the two rivals, New Canaan earned a 1-0 decision at DHS.
The other semifinal contest will start at 5 p.m. at Lilly Field, with No. 2 St. Joseph (14-1-2) facing No. 3 Ridgefield (14-2-1). In the quarters, St. Joseph defeated Brien McMahon 2-0, and Ridgefield shut out Trumbull 4-0.
Staples had the better of play against Darien, but the Wave defense managed to keep the game scoreless with the help of 10 saves from goalie Olivia Maniscalco.
In the first minute of overtime, Wave co-captain Eilanna Dolan broke the deadlock with a goal off a direct kick.
Moments later, senior Nathalie Bravo fired a shot to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Darien defense didn’t budge the rest of the way as the Wave went on to earn the shutout.