DARIEN — The Darien girls soccer team was thrilled getting out to an early lead over rival New Canaan.

What pleased coach Leigh Parsons even more than the early cushion was his teams’ ability to continue pressuring the Rams and playing strong with a lead.

The Blue Wave never let up against their rivals, defeating the Rams 3-0 at Darien Wednesday afternoon.

“I was happy with that because sometimes we get a little complacent with a lead,” Parsons said. “Sometimes we take our foot off the gas, so to speak, but today we didn’t. It was good to see the way they kept that level high and kept trying to play the right way. Overall it was a good performance. We took our chances offensively and we were very sound defensively.”

Darien moves to 4-0-1 with the Rams suffering their first defeat, now sitting at 2-1-2.

Darien took the lead less than two minutes into the contest when Katie Ramsay beat the New Canaan keeper to a loose ball, dribbling past her into space and tapping the ball home.

Ramsay said playing strong with a lead is always the focus, but the team was a little more locked in facing their neighbors to the north.

“It feels amazing. Like always, it is great to beat New Canaan,” Ramsay said. “We are always trying to keep going, keep scoring. No matter how many goals we are up by or how many we are down by we are always trying to go and score more goals. Especially against New Canaan.”

Ten minutes later, Darien went up 2-0 with Nathalie Bravo firing a shot from just inside the 18 that ended up in the top corner of the goal.

New Canaan played well in the second half but could not get past a Darien defense which has allowed just one goal through the first five games.

“It’s always a town rivalry and it’s tough to lose,” New Canaan senior midfielder Kelly McClymonds said. “There were times we dominated and had some good shots, so, it was unfortunate and upsetting not to get one in. We wanted to come back and we thought we could get a goal but it didn’t work out today.”

New Canaan did pepper the Darien net with Blue Wave keeper Christine Fiore making 16 saves, but few of those chances were at close range as the Blue Wave defense kept the Rams at a distance.

“I thought we played well,” New Canaan coach Rich Hickson said. “I thought we got the ball down, I thought we tried to possess it at times and the play swung both ways as you’d expect it to do. Got to give credit to Darien, they are a strong team and they played very well.”

Ellen Harnish rounded out the scoring for Darien, scoring with 25 minutes left to play.

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

DARIEN 3, NEW CANAAN 0

NEW CANAAN 0 0 — 0

DARIEN 2 1 — 3

Records: D — 4-0-1; NC 2-1-2

Goals: D — Katie Ramsay, Nathalie Bravo, Ellen Harnish

Assists: D — Ramsay

Goalies: D — Christine Fiore 16 saves; NC — Kendal Curtin 10 saves