Darien falls to Trumbull in boys soccer tilt
DARIEN—Early into a tough season that features a logjam of FCIAC talent it’s so far, so good for Trumbull.
After defeating Ridgefield in its opener last week Trumbull took down Darien 2-0 on the road Monday to continue its hot start.
“We took them today, today was our day,” Trumbull coach Sebastian Gangemi said. “They didn’t have a chance. The first half we could’ve had a little more but they had a couple chances themselves; they’re a pretty good team, they kept up with us in the first half and I think they ran out of steam in the second and that allowed us to play a little bit more.”
The second half Trumbull was able to put much more pressure on Darien, resulting in the offense operating in space and culminating in two goals for senior captain Thang Dao.
“It’s been like this all year so far,” Gangemi said of his attackers ability to work in the open. “Our offensive players are very creative and in tune with each other, they knock the ball around and, if you let them, they’ll tear you apart.”
Dao’s first goal was a solo effort in which he dribbled and spun around several defenders and his second was a clinic in ball movement from him and Matthew Restrepo as the two passed it between each other three or four times before Dao drilled one into the net.
“We just try to combine our skills,” Dao said of him and Restrepo. “Me and him have that chemistry so we look to play those quick passes and get through the defense as effectively as we can and I just finished from there.”
The start of the season has seen the Blue Wave drop tough contests to Greenwich and Trumbull with Brien McMahon and Fairfield Ludlowe still to come this week, and while coach Jon Bradley isn’t unhappy with the play so far he knows his team must create more offensive chances to stay with the top-tier programs in the conference.
“I didn’t think we played exceptionally poorly, we’ve got a really tough start to the season, but we didn’t have enough shots,” Bradley said. “You’re not unlucky in a game where we had maybe three or four shots on target, we’re not creating enough up top which is putting a lot of pressure on the defense.”
With only a day to prepare for McMahon Bradley anticipates several shakeups in the lineup to try to ignite the offense.
“I’m not worried, it’s pointless panicking,” Bradley said. “We need to make changes in the starting 11 which is on me and (assistant) Linda (Velaj) to do and we’ll take care of that for Wednesday, we’ll give a couple people chances to play who have stepped up.”
While Gangemi knew he had a talented team in Trumbull and he’s glad it has resulted in tangible wins on the pitch, but also is weary of the schedule to come.
“I expected it because of what we know we have,” Gangemi said. “But you never know, it’s a fight every game. The next one is Staples and it’s not easy, the FCIAC is a very competitive league, I bet you Darien will win eight or nine games, they just got off to a rough start, we all have those—give them credit, they’re well coached, well managed, they’ll be OK.”
Trumbull 3, Darien 0
TRUMBULL 1 2—3
DARIEN 0 0—0
Records: Trumbull 2-0; Darien 0-2. Goals: T—Connor Jorge, Thang Dao 2. Goalies: T—Jonathan Campbell (5 saves); Andrew Menjivar; D—David Volz (7); Casey Brown.