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Girls Soccer Bognon lifts Rams

October 10, 2018

DARIEN — In a midseason match between archrivals next to each other in the standings, Tuesday’s contest between the Darien and New Canaan girls soccer teams came down to one simple difference.

The Rams were just better.

New Canaan’s Olivia Bognon scored early in the second half and that was all the Rams needed, downing the Blue Wave 1-0 on Darien’s turf.

“I feel like the team that showed up 100%, won,” Darien coach Leigh Parsons said. “You have to give New Canaan credit tonight. They came up, they were up, they played well, they were physical, they were aggressive, they put us off our game.”

In the eighth minute of the second half, Kendall Patten dropped a corner kick perfectly into the box and Bognon eventually got enough of it to find the back of the net for the game’s lone goal.

“Kendall and I have been playing together for a couple years and have a lot of chemistry,” Bognon said. “So, I just know where she’s going to put it and go where it is.”

The goal was no fluke however, as New Canaan (8-2-1) found consistent offensive pressure for the final ten minutes of the first half.

As the halftime horn expired, the Rams had a great look that Darien (8-3-1) goalie Caroline Orphanos stopped, but the momentum carried past the break.

“We changed towards the end (of the first half), we changed our formation,” New Canaan coach Rich Hickson said. “The first formation wasn’t really paying dividends, so we tried to switch it up and the last ten minutes we saw a bit more offensive work from our girls and that carried on to the second half.”

Even with the lead, New Canaan was relentless in its pressure, determined to keep Darien off the board by using offense, rather than defense.

“There was still half an hour left and we realized if we change now, then we’re just inviting them on,” Hickson said. “They were playing similar to what we were playing, so we figured we’d stick with it and the last five, ten minutes we went a little more defensive. We thought we’d match up, it was working and we didn’t want to invite pressure, so we kept doing what we were doing.”

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Bognon, New Canaan. The junior scored the game’s lone goal, and was instrumental in the constant offensive pressure of the Rams.

“It’s huge,” Bognon said of the win. “Last year we tied them and it was a really good game, so to come back this year on their home turf and beat them, it’s so unreal.”

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“We’ve had a good run so far,” Parsons said. “They’re a very good team, but we can compete with them. I would say they were the stronger team, but we did compete with them, we weren’t totally out of our depth, on another day we could have a completely different showing against this team. It was, take it in, you have to use this disappointment as motivation to move along.”

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NEW CANAAN 1, DARIEN 0

NEW CANAAN 0 1—1

DARIEN 0 0—0

Records: New Canaan 8-2-1; Darien 8-3-1. Goals: NC—Olivia Bognon. Goalies: NC—Jordan Paterson (5 saves); D—Caroline Orphanos (5), Olivia Maniscalco (2). Shots: NC—8; D-5.

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