NORWALK — Eli Pardo’s return to the Brien McMahon boys soccer team has opened some eyes.

Especially those of his own teammates, including senior captain Peter Rivera.

Rivera set up three goals by Pardo in McMahon’s 3-3 FCIAC boys soccer tie with Darien at Casagrande Field on a breezy Tuesday night.

“We’ve known each other since we were really little, so the connection has actually been there for a long time,” Rivera said. “But it’s not just me. Everybody sets him up.”

Pardo left the McMahon program to play academy ball, but returned this season and has scored six goals in four games for the Senators.

His most recent was the biggest, coming with 1:34 left in the second half to tie the game at 3-3 and securing a point for the Senators.

With McMahon pressing hard for the final 10 minutes of the game, Rivera gathered the ball just outside the box and threw the ball on net toward the far post, toward Pardo.

“He finds me and puts it in the right spot, no matter where I’m at,” Pardo said. “He’ll put the ball right at my feet.”

Each time Pardo and Rivera connected against the Wave, it tied the game.

Trailing 1-0, the duo first joined forces with under 14 to play in the first half.

When the Wave went up 2-0 just 2:45 into the second half, it only took Pardo and Rivera 34 seconds to again tie the score.

“We started kind of shaky and we got our momentum back,” Pardo said. “We got our swag back after that.”

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Wave took a 3-2 lead with 15:23 to play on a nifty set piece from 50 yards away.

Charles Sears booted a long direct kick into the box where Wave teammate Blake Sommi deflected the ball off his head toward the far post.

Will Henry Harmon gathered the ball up and shot it into the back of the net for a 3-2 lead.

It was Darien’s third lead of the night, but the Wave simply couldn’t hold it.

John Trippitelli carried the ball more than 30 yards before scoring to give Darien a 1-0 lead, but McMahon tied it before halftime.

Early in the second half, Sommi set up Alex Klarer for a goal that put Darien up 2-1.

Again and again, McMahon (0-2-2) would come back to tie it as the Wave moved to 0-3-2 on the season.

STEADY WAVE

The brightest spot for Darien was how well the inexperienced group of Wave players actually played.

After losing all 11 starters from last year’s team, Darien coach Jon Bradley said his team’s effort against McMahon was its best performance of the season.

“We knew we’d be a work in progress after losing all our starters,” Bradley said. “We knew it would be a tough season. But today, we figured out how we wanted to attack them and they struggled to defend it. They were technically better than us, but we played to our strengths today. It’s just tough to give up a goal with one minute-something left in the game.”

Darien travels to Danbury on Friday while McMahon goes to Stamford.

jnash@hearstmediact.com

McMAHON 3, DARIEN 3

BRIEN McMAHON 1 2—3

DARIEN 1 2—3

Records: Brien McMahon 0-2-2, Darien 0-3-2; Goals: BM—Eli Pardo 3; D—Johan Trippitelli, Alex Klarer, Will Henry Harmon; Assists: BM—Peter Rivera 3; D—Blake Sommi 2; Goalkeepers: BM-Bert Santiago 7 saves, D—David Volz 6 saves.