Controversial goal helps Darien tie Wilton boys soccer team
Controversy marred Wednesday night’s boys soccer game between Wilton and Darien at Kristine Lilly Field, as a questionable call helped the Blue Wave come away with a 1-1 tie.
With the score 0-0, Darien was awarded a direct kick outside the Wilton box to the left of the Wilton net. A Blue Wave player lofted a shot on goal toward the right post, and the referee blew his whistle for an apparent offside violation on Darien. Wilton goalie Michael Legaz heard the whistle and stopped playing, and the ball hit off the post and went into the net. The referee reversed his offsides call and allowed the goal to stand.
"We tell our kids to play until you hear the whistle, and that’s just what they did," said Wilton head coach Jim Lewicki, whose team is now 6-3-2 following its second straight tie. "The referee raised his hand to signal offsides and he blew his whistle.”
Wilton was able to recover from the decision and the deficit and got the tying goal with 6:23 left in the contest. Matthew Przybysz settled the ball in the middle of the field and launched a long shot high over the Darien goalie's head and into the back of the net.
The Warriors then had a chance for the win, but a Jack Brandt shot with less than 30 seconds to play just sailed over the crossbar.
Darien came into the game with a 3-6-1 record but gave Wilton a battle. The Blue Wave used a defensive set that kept the Warriors from penetrating deep into the box.
Wilton had four corner kicks and two direct kicks in the first 14 minutes of the game, but the Blue Wave packed in their defense and didn’t allow the Warriors to set up for quality scoring chances. The Warriors made several good runs through the midfield area but could not finish due to the nine Darien players back on defense.
"They did just what we expected them to do on defense, but we just couldn’t put it in the net," said Lewicki. "We knew they would play back and load the box and it kept us from scoring. My team should be disappointed in missing so many chances to score."
Wilton had 18 shot on goal to seven for Darien. The Warriors also attempted 10 corner kicks in the game to four for the visitors.