DARIEN—The Stamford and Darien boys soccer teams went back and forth all afternoon in a sweltering heat at Darien High School only to have the game come down to a penalty kick called in the final five minutes of the game.

With 4:32 remaining, Bogdan Chervak made a strong run with the ball past several defenders on his way toward the goal, getting tripped up in the box and being rewarded with a penalty kick from the referee.

Stepping up to take the penalty, Oleh Senyk drilled his shot into the upper left corner of the goal, giving Stamford a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Blue Wave.

Senyk said the only thing he was focused on during the PK was staying calm and knocking it home.

“I just tried to stay composed. If I score we would win, if not it would be a tie or a loss,” Senyk said. “You just have to stay composed I those situations. The problem today was we score then we would lose our composure and let them come back and score. Those are mistakes we need to learn from. That is the lesson from this game.”

Darien did answer back every time Stamford scored, often quickly.

In the first half, Stamford got on the board first with a goal midway through the half by Senyk on a blistering shot from just inside the box.

Darien would tie the game late in the half on a goal header by Johan Trippitelli off well-place corner kick by Charles Sears.

The Black Knights would retake the lead 12 minutes into the second half on a goal fired from the top of the 18 by Orlando Coronado.

Less than 10 minutes later, Darien got the equalizer when Alex Klarer picked up a misplayed ball by the Stamford defense, dribbling in for the goal.

Stamford went back up on a goal by Chervak, only to have Darien once again tie the game 30 seconds later with 10:35 remaining on a goal by Cameron Raia.

“I think it was very unlucky with the penalty with five minutes left. Whether I thought it was a penalty or not, it’s part of the game,” Darien coach Jon Bradley said. “I think we gave as good as we got today. We were just as a good as them. There is no way that third goal we let up should have been a goal. The we fight back again. We just need to do a better job being smarter soccer players.”


Oleh Senyk, Stamford. Senyk scored two goals, including the game-winning PK.


“I think what I am looking at was this was a stressful game because we don’t make the game simple,” Stamford coach Mario Caminiti said. “Instead of using basic fundamentals, we create a lot of headaches for ourselves. We didn’t compete for second balls, we didn’t challenge well. They deserved whatever they got and they could have even gotten little more.”


With the temperature in the mid-80s, both teams were afforded water breaks at the 20-minute mark of both halves.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports


STAMFORD 1 3 - 4

DARIEN 1 2—3

Records: S—5-1-0; D—0-5-2

Goals: S- Oleh Senyk 2, Bogdan Chervak, Orlando Coronado; D- Cameron Raia, Johan Trippitelli, Alex Klarer. Assists: D-Charles Sears. Goalies: S - Alex Grabar 6 saves; D - David Volz 12 saves