The Trumbull High Eagles rolled up their collective sleeves and were rewarded with a 3-0 victory over Darien High in the first round of the CIAC Class LL girls soccer state tournament on Wednesday. Amelia Crosby scored off a pass from Jillian Presser in the 30th minute to give coach Daniel Uhrlass\u2019 Eagles a 1-0 lead. Brady-Ayn Lynch headed in a well-place corner chance from Skylar Jorge, who took a couple of extra seconds to roll up her socks to the chagrin of Darien faithful, to increase the advantage to 2-0 six minutes into the second half. Julia Jager stole a clearing attempt by coach Leigh Parsons' 14th-seeded Blue Wave (9-4-4) and fed Meghan Ahearn for the third tally at 23:23 of the second session. \u201cWe\u2019re proud of the girls for how flexible they are because we change up formation often,\u201d Uhrlass said of his 9-6-2 squad. \u201cWe switched up the formation at halftime, which worked out very well. We put even more pressure on Darien and the girls showed an increasing hunger. \u201cIn the first half Darien was slightly more aggressive team. If we didn\u2019t match their aggressiveness we were going to be in trouble, but the girls really stepped up.\u201d Avery Rice got the win in goal, knocking away a group of scoring attempts from Emma Lesko, Katie Ramsay and Laura Murphy. \u201cAvery is just a freshman keeper,\u201d Uhrlass said. \u201cThese are big minutes for a freshman in a game like this. We\u2019re proud of her.\u201d Rice stopped Darien from taking the lead when she got two hands on Murphy\u2019s shot from distance, then gathered it in with Lesko waiting on the doorstep. Rice\u2019s signature save came in the 14th minute. Lesko looked to chip in a shot from just inside the box. Rice adjusted well to the slow floater and used her left hand to knock it away before it could settle in the upper right corner of the net. Trumbull\u2019s backline, led by Kristen Pagliaro, Jessica Esposito, Lynch and Lauren Napolitano, never allowed Darien a good look, playing through-balls, passes over the tops and combination passes perfectly. \u201cBrady and Kristen are the two center backs with Eva (Solano) right in front of them. They were very strong today \u2014 decisive, committed, making plays. They did a great job.\u201d Solano and Daniella Milovanov won second-touch chances in their area. Presser, Rebecca Crosley and Meghan Lesko were relentless in the midfield. Uhrlass said, \u201cWe played well, but lost 1-0 (to Darien in the regular season), so it was good to come out on top. Now we have Ridgefield. We had two hard games with them, once in the regular season, once in FCIACs. We hope for better fortunes on Friday.\u201d Trumbull will visit the third-seeded Tigers (15-2) at 2 p.m.