Roy Colsey didn’t sleep well last night.
His baby son made sure of that. Not that it mattered anyway.
“I wasn’t going to get much sleep last night no matter what,” he said.
After all, today was the day Ridgefield had marked on its calendar for weeks make that months. Maybe even years.
And tonight, Ridgefield’s first-year coach and his Tigers picked up another first a win against Darien.
Virginia-bound senior star Matt White scored with 47 seconds remaining to give the Tigers an 8-7 win.
The play started after a Darien shot on goal hit the post. White took the ball upfield, dodging his way into the restraining box.
“I had a few short sticks on me, but I was able to get by them, and then I was a little gassed, but you gotta do what you gotta do for your teammates,” said White, who had two goals and three assists.
He wound up creating what proved to be the winning score off a brilliant one-on-one effort that would have made Colsey, a former star midfielder at Yorktown at Syracuse known for creating offensive opportunities, proud.
Darien, which ran a deliberate ball-control offense that effectively kept the ball away from Ridgefield’s high-octane offense, took a 7-5 lead with 5:43 remaining on John Bolton’s third goal of the game.
But the Tigers battled back and tied it on Fairfield University-bound Brendan Walsh’s fourth goal of the game with 1:35 remaining.
Despite getting little sleep, Colsey had plenty of energy during the day for another task he deemed important namely reminding his player of the importance of this game.
“Starting at 7:30, I texted all the seniors scores,” Colsey said.
Scores of what?
“Of all the scores between Ridgefield and Darien,” Colsey said, “starting in 1999 when it was 24-0 Darien.”
Said White: “I got like 10 texts from Coach Colsey.”
As big a win as tonight’s was, Colsey and the Tigers know they almost unquestionably will be facing the four-time state champion Blue Wave again probably June 2 in the FCIAC final at Brien McMahon at 7:30 p.m.
“We know we’re probably going to play them again, but before we get to that point, we had to break this barrier,” Colsey said. “And it feels great.”
We’ll be back with video highlights of the key goals down the stretch as well as video interviews with Colsey and White.
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