DARIEN — Monday’s early-season matchup between two teams near the top of the FCIAC standings went just about how one would predict.

Darien scored early in the first half and Danbury netted the equalizer 1:30 into the second as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Darien High School.

“For us, it’s a good result,” Darien coach Jon Bradley said. “I think they’re a very good team, they’re going to be very hard to beat this season. We’re just a work in progress, we have to keep getting better.”

Citing the hour and twenty-minute bus ride to Darien, Danbury (3-0-3) started out the match a bit sluggish and the Blue Wave took advantage.

In the 11th minute, Connor Olson ripped in the game’s opening goal off a great feed from Max Marcin, and Darien (3-1-2) had two more high-quality chances that Danbury keeper Matthew Silva made sparkling saves on in the first 20 minutes of play.

Danbury was able to control play for most of the remaining time in the first half, but Darien held firm when it needed to — and got a few lucky bounces — to keep the one-goal lead at the half.

It didn’t take long for the Hatters to capitalize in the second frame however, as Riley Moore tied the match at 1-1 in the second minute.

“We started slowly and then after we went a goal behind we really, I felt, controlled the game on the floor, but we didn’t look dangerous,” Danbury coach Antony Howard said. “I told them at halftime that we have to take more chances. We’re down, we have to make more aggressive runs in behind and, low and behold, a minute later we did that, but unfortunately it was the only time we could do it.”

Both teams went into attack-mode for much of the remainder of the contest, but neither could find the back of the net, each earning a point in the standings.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Silva, Danbury. The sophomore keeper recorded eight saves in the contest, none bigger than two he made early in the first to keep his team in the game.

“He’s only a young lad,” Howard said. “He’s only a sophomore but he has real nice hands. I feel confident with him in there because he has such good hands and he makes up for the lack of height with being a good technical goalkeeper. He’s been good so far this year.”

NOT SO FAST

Both teams had goals called off in the game due to offsides penalties.

After Danbury had one in the first, Darien seemed to have broken the tie before the whistle. The Wave argued, to no avail, that because the offside player never touched the ball, the goal should have counted.

GOOD BAROMETER

“Danbury will be one of the top-four, so it’s a good early test to match up against them,” Bradley said. “I think they’re going to be one of the best soccer teams in the league.”

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DANBURY 1, DARIEN 1

DANBURY 0 1—1

DARIEN 1 0—1

Records: Danbury 3-0-3; Darien 3-1-2. Goals: DAN—Riley Moore; DAR—Connor Olson. Assists: DAR—Max Marcin. Goalies: DAN—Matthew Silva (8 saves); DAR—Aaron Sears (6). Shots: DAN—15; DAR—12.