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Emily DeNunzio’s helped to keep the goals-against to as small a number as possible for the Wave defense.

Helped? She’s been instrumental, as conductor to goalie Christine Fiore’s solo shutout high notes in net.

And small as possible? One game into the state tournament, Darien’s seen only eight goals cross its line.

But however it turns out at states, DeNunzio will fittingly see her high school career close with as large as possible a finish.

DeNunzio is on the roster for the national all-star competition of the High School Senior All-American Game.

“They pick 40 people from the East and 40 from the West,” East all-star defender DeNunzio said. “I got an email from the head (tournament) person saying congratulations, and I had a form to fill out.”

That’s her ticket to file onto the plane for Orlando, Florida Nov. 30 to get there early for training sessions. The game is Dec. 2.

“I’m really excited to go down there and play,” DeNunzio said. “I’ve been training a while for this. It’s kind of in the back of my mind.”

Always on her mind when she’s on the pitch is keeping the ball away from her net. She plays with the urgency of a firefighter holding back the flames from a storage tank of gasoline.

It’s that important to her and it shows.

The wider world has noticed.

DeNunzio, joining Colgate next school year, joins four from Conn. for the Florida event.

“I play on a Premier Team with them, so I am happy to be playing with them,” she said. “And I know some faces down there. But, right now states is the main focus.”

And there’s no rest for the committed. After states she joins her Premier team, Conn. FC United ECL 2000s based out of Bethany.

It plays at a high level in a long season all around New England, and the nation in tournaments.

“I’ll go to practice, like, the next day,” DeNunzio said. “It’s a lot of fun. But it’s a huge commitment, because it is so far away. It takes  a lot of time. But it’s what I love.”