GREENWICH -- The Greenwich girls soccer team scored six goals against Stamford in a shutout victory on Oct. 4.
Since then, the Cardinals have mustered only four goals over six games, including Friday night when they once again settled for a tie, this time a 0-0 draw with Darien.
It was the fifth tie in the last six games for Greenwich (8-1-6) and its second straight 0-0 affair.
The Cardinals are still in line for a home FCIAC playoff game next week as they entered play tied for second with Warde with 29 points.
Greenwich coach Danny Simpson said this tie was more frustrating than the others as he thought his team would respond after failing to score against Trumbull Wednesday.
"We didn't play well tonight," Simpson said. "We've got to solve our attacking options. We are breaking down in the final third and our buildup play is not there and it shows. In our last seven results we've scored four goals and we have ties and one win out of that lot, so, the girls are trying hard, but we need a little more quality in the final third."
Simpson was so displeased in the first half that he made wholesale substitutions midway through, pulling several upperclassmen in favor of younger players he hoped would provide a boost of energy.
"I think the occasion being senior night they came out with a less-than-focused attitude," Simpson said. "We weren't playing futbol, so we had players on the bench that were underclassmen that I wanted to give the opportunity to and I thought they went out and did a fantastic job, knocking the ball around and creating chances."
One of those underclassmen, freshman Emily Berzolla, nearly got the Cardinals on the board with about nine minutes to play in the first half when she came streaking in with the ball, firing a shot just as Darien keeper Phoebe Taylor was coming off her line to cut off the angle and make the save.
Taylor stood up to any attacks mounted by the Cardinals, making 10 saves.
Darien (5-7-2) is on the outside looking in for a FCIAC playoff spot, but head coach Leigh Parson was pleased with how his team hung with the Cardinals.
"I couldn't be more proud of them," Parsons said. "A lot of games this season have gone against us. Sometimes in soccer you need that bit of luck and we were up for the battle on 50/50 balls, too."
The luck came in to play when Emma Christie of Greenwich sent a shot from just inside the 18 screaming toward the goal only to have it hit the crossbar with 22 minutes left in the game.
Darien had chances to pull the upset with 12:40 to play when Kelly Karcewski got behind the defense and sent a shot for the lower left corner that Greenwich keeper Kylie Ginsberg was able to turn away.
Karcewski had another opportunity with about five minutes to go when she received a cross in the box but sent her header just over the crossbar.
For the Cardinals, Simpson feels they have time to address whatever issues the offense is having before the playoffs begin a week from Saturday.
"We are going to work it out in training," Simpson said. "We've got to make sure we can keep the girls up and remain positive."
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Greenwich 0, Darien 0
GREENWICH 0 0 -- 0
DARIEN 0 0 -- 0
Goalies: G -- Kylie Ginsberg 6 saves; D -- Phoebe Taylor 10 saves
Records: G 8-1-6; D 5-7-2