As starts to a season go, Fairfield Warde boys soccer coach Justin Ottavio knows his team could do worse than 1-1-1 in its first three games.

But that doesn't mean he is OK with those results.

Darien junior Brennan Branca tallied twice, and Ben Highton added a goal and an assist as Darien knocked off the Mustangs 3-1 on Tuesday.

"We didn't set the tone," Ottavio said. "We need to come to play every day."

Elliot Helgans added an assist on a throw-in, and Jack Fisher made 10 saves as the Blue Wave won for the second straight game against an opponent from Fairfield. Darien beat Ludlowe, 2-0 on Friday.

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"I think they're going to be a worth opponent in the league," Ottavio said. "You have to respect the fact that they have desire."

Warde's Sal Siciliano potted the lone goal for the Mustangs as they lost for the first time this season

Ottavio was not satisfied with his team's effort, especially in the beginning of the game. Darien scored twice in the first half, with Branca tallying in the first 10 minutes, when Highton sprung him with a pass down the middle of the field. Branca blasted a shot passed David DiSilvestro to put Darien up 1-0.

"We didn't come out with intensity," he said. "We were reactive not proactive."

Highton's goal came later in the frame, when Helgans' throw found his head and went over DiSilvestro, putting Darien up 2-0.

Darien coach Jon Bradley was especially pleased with his defense's ability to match the Mustangs' physicality, especially on the 6-4 Siciliano.

"I thought we stood up physically well today," Bradley said. "I thought we controlled most of the match."

Warde had several chances to score in the first 15 minutes in the second, with Siciliano narrowly missing a goal when he headed a corner cross just over the goal.

"I thought we attacked fairly well and created some opportunities," Ottavio said. "We had set pieces and it seems like it hasn't fallen for us, and when it starts to fall for us, it'll be a different story."

The Blue Wave countered well, and took a 3-0 advantage when Warde's sophomore defender Michael Foley misplayed a ball in his end. Branca was the benefactor, stealing the ball and putting it into the empty net behind DiSilvestro.

"We made three crucial mistakes in the back," Ottavio said. "And they capitalized on their opportunities."

The Mustangs lone tally came when Siciliano's penalty kick was stopped by reserve netminder Aidan Rischmann. Griffin Pugh recovered the ball, crossing it onto the foot of the senior defender, who emphatically blasted the ball into the net, making the game 3-1.

"Hopfeully he starts getting a break or two," Ottavio said of Siciliano. "The desire is there, it just hasn't fallen."

Ottavio's team must re-group as it will play New Canaan on Saturday at Connor Field at 4 p.m.