"We've been sharing the ball a lot and I have nine to 10 players who can score". So, it's like pick your poison. Playing them for the first time this season, the team didn't know what to expect, and it turned out to be a challenging game.
Alex Richardson had three goals while Aidan Ryan and John Ipri scored two goals apiece for Delran, which scored four goals in the second quarter to force a tie at the half.
"This team includes a bunch of people we play against in the summer", senior co-captain Katie Ramsay said.
"We have a really big game on Monday against Garden City, and our coach was telling us to be tough, be as tough as you can be", senior co-captain Emma Jaques said. "We've been preaching it at practice, but we need to start translating what we go over to the games". "We have crafty attackmen; it's just a matter of being smart with the ball and making smart decisions". "He has played goalie all his life, and he has been to camps to work on his game, so I think he will do well".
Darien senior co-captain Katie Ramsay takes to the air to grab the ball during a draw control.
Junior Angie Loynaz (Cos Cobb, Conn.) sparked the Cavalier offense with a career-high four goals and two assists for six points.
Sloane Dowgiallo tallied three goals and an assist, Alli VanSlyke netted three goals and Maddie Messina and Caitlin Miller each added two goals and an assist as the Bulldogs toppled the Bruins.
Staples, with a fine performance from goalie Alexa Moro, made a run mid-game, but Darien had the decision well in hand.
In goal, the duo of Ricky Bokavich and Ethan Hofert combined for five saves. "With the year of physical maturation, our midfielders will be able to play more physical defense in the defensive zone and keep some shots from coming from a less risky part of the field".
"We had to keep up the intensity we were throwing at West Islip", Emerson Cabrera said. "It's the work the girls are putting in that's improving our play as we continue to get better". The game saw two more ties as the teams traded goals to begin the second half. Actually, the way Wilmington coach Fran Peters sees it, just one goal separated his team from the tournament berth they so desperately wanted. "They knew they struggled in the preseason and they were focused (today) and came out and ready to play".