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Conard and Darien Tie in FCIAC vs. CCC Challenge Cup

Conard's Kevin Rivs has the assist on the Red Wolves' goal against Darien. Conard vs. Darien boys soccer. Sept. 24, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

West Hartford’s Conard High School faced Darien on Saturday evening in the FCIAC vs. CCC Challenge Cup played at FSA.

By Paul Palmer

The Conard Red Wolves scored early but saw the Darien Blue Wave find the net late in the game as the two teams tied at 1 in the FCIAC vs.CCC Challenge Cup at FSA on Saturday night.

Two of Conard’s captains teamed up to score the opening goal. Kevin Rivas delivered  a beautiful ball from his own side of midfield  that Anthony Catanzaro ran into in the box, out-hustling two defenders, and drove into the far side of the net to give Conard the 1-0 lead less that 2 minutes into the game. The score held into the half, despite the repeated scoring chances for Darien.

Conard (2-1-3) looked like it might take the “W,” until Darien managed to equalize late in the second half in transition. Conard goalie Ben Hammond had a very busy night in goal, pulling off several big saves to keep his team in it.

It was the Red Wolves’ second 1-1 tie against a dominant opponent. On Thursday, Rebecca Lewis’ squad held defending state champ Farmington in check, and  Saturday’s tie came against a Darien team that featured a heavy senior lineup.

The Red Wolves are back in action Tuesday hosting Northwest Catholic at 3:45 p.m.

Conard and Darien players battle for position. Conard vs. Darien boys soccer. Sept. 24, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

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