WESTPORT — Last season St. Joseph’s Lindsey Savko was a 20-plus goal scorer despite being a secondary weapon on a team led by All-American Jenna Bike. With Bike shadowed across the field, Savko was able to get and convert opportunities.
RIDGEFIELD — Greenwich coach Steve Lapham said his team tends to win ugly, a reference to its penchant for relying on the back row more than demonstrative hits at net.
After a win over Darien last week, Danbury coach Antony Howard had an astute observation about FCIAC boys soccer.
“The postseason’s tough,” Howard said. “In this league we beat each other up for 16 games and then you go into the postseason. Anyone can beat anyone. You can beat one team 3-0 one week and lose to them 5-0 the next. It is a very competitive league.”
It is hard to imagine there being a more exciting game this season than Darien’s 42-35 win over Greenwich. Both coaches — the Blue Wave’s Rob Trifone and the Cardinals’ John Marinelli — no doubt watched the tape over the weekend and found a litany of mistakes that need correcting. There were a lot of missed chances, especially in the first half, and a lot of big plays yielded. It provided hope for top teams like Staples and New Canaan that face the Blue Wave later in the year. Darien looked beatable on this day.
On the other hand, the Blue Wave found a way to win when they were pushed to the brink, which has only happened once during the current 15-game winning streak. That was last Thanksgiving against the Rams. Greenwich twice came from behind to tie the game, the second time coming from 28-14 down.
DARIEN — Heard the cliche about the last team with the ball…?
Trite almost turned into truism Saturday afternoon, which is why, when the Greenwich football team got the ball back with eight seconds left and needing 92 yards to tie the score against the state’s No. 1 team, no one headed for the exits.