Westhill edges Darien in girls soccer
DARIEN — After dropping three straight matches Westhill and forward Chelsea Domond weren’t about to let it happen again.
Domond tallied twice, once in each half to lead the Vikings to a 2-0 road win over Darien Thursday afternoon.
“I was exhilarated,” Domond said of her emotions during the contest. “We hadn’t done well in away games so I really wanted to win because we needed this game for FCIACs. So I tried my hardest to score and shoot as much as possible.”
Domond scored in the 29th minute in the first half after zigging and zagging her way past four Darien defenders before stopping on a dime and putting the ball in the bottom left corner of the net.
In the second half Domond scored in the 34th minute from just outside the box, unleashing a strike up and over Blue Wave goalie Kate Fiore’s head and into the top left corner.
“She’s a difference maker, and she came up for us when it really counted,” Westhill coach Dave Flower said of Domond.
After a very evenly played first half it was the Vikings (7-6) who came out and looked to attack the net, Flower said he told his girls to be the first to every ball and that propelled them to a more consistent offensive flow.
If it weren’t for the heroics of Fiore, Domond may have had four goals, but the Darien (5-6-1) keeper made three separate diving saves to keep her team in the game.
“Our keeper played unbelievable and that double-save she made (in the second half) was unreal,” Darien coach Leigh Parsons said. “But it has to be a group effort and I feel like we could have left a little more on the field.”
Darien played even with Westhill for the duration, its biggest downfall came in the inability to keep Domond from creating scoring chances.
“I thought we played well overall,” Parsons said. “We had plenty of opportunities off corners at the end and some chances in the first half but with a girl like (Domond) you can’t dive in, you have to keep her in front of you and a couple of times she got shots off when she shouldn’t have.”
If for nothing else Viking coach Flower was happy with the win and the affect it has on his previously slumping team.
“We definitely needed it after three losses in a row,” Flower said. “Two of them were bad losses and they needed to prove to themselves that they can do this and they played with as much confidence as they possibly could.”
Westhill 2, Darien 1
WESTHILL 1 1—2
DARIEN 1 0—1
Records: Westhill 7-6; Darien 5-6-1. Goals: W—Chelsea Domond 2; D—Charlotte Harmon. Assists: D—Katherine Cronin. Goalies: W—Emily Pritchard (7 saves); D—Kate Fiore (7). Shots: W—16; D—11.