Darien gets goal on PK, edges Wilton, 1-0

Scoring the lone goal on a first-half penalty kick, the Darien boys soccer team defeated Wilton, 1-0, on Tuesday in Darien.

A Wilton foul in the box led to the penalty kick in the 20th minute. Andrew Mathew converted for Darien, although Wilton goalie Grey Livingstone guessed right on the shot and got a piece of the ball, which bounced off of him and into the net.

“The play in the box was clearly a foul, and my player owned up to it to the coaches and the team and I applaud him for that,” said Wilton head coach Jim Lewicki.

Prior to the penalty kick, Wilton had chances to get on the scoreboard first. But Harry Allers' shot in the seventh minute went wide, and Jordan Lord’s attempt was saved by the Blue Wave goalie in the eighth minute.

Although the Warriors (5-2-2) were getting opportunities, they clearly didn’t bring the energy level and passion that they did in a home win against Danbury last Friday night.

“We got off to a slow start and just didn’t bring the same level of intensity we had last time out,” said senior co-captain Patrick Prinner. "I can’t explain it; we just don’t play as well on the road as we do at home. We also missed on a lot of opportunities today."

In the second half, Wilton did pick up the pace and kept on looking for the tying goal. Just over three minutes into the second half, Jack Brandt got by the Blue Wave defense but the Darien goalie was in position to make the save.

Two headers — one by Lord in the 68th minute and another by Prinner in the 70th minute — were saved and shot high, respectively.

“We had our chances today; we just didn’t capitalize on them," said Lewicki. “Look, as I said in the beginning of the year, this is a wide-open conference, so you have to be at your best every time out.

"We made some mental mistakes, one of which gave them a goal," added Lewicki. "But with that said, you have to quickly put this game behind you and move on. We’re back on the field Thursday so we can’t dwell on the loss.”

Notes: Darien improved to 4-1-4 with the win.