By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

The Staples girls soccer team took care of business on Senior Day Thursday with a 5-0 home victory over Trinity Catholic Thursday.

Staples raised its record to 6-4-2. Trinity Catholic dropped to 1-11.

"Everyone played well," Lady Wreckers coach Nikki Ross said. "We tried to get our seniors in as much as possible. We wanted them to have fun because it was their senior day."

Lady Crusaders junior goalie Taylor Bucklin (12 saves) kept the game relatively close with some impressive saves.

"Their keeper is good and is a strong player," Ross said.

Staples senior captain Abby Fagan said, "Their best player was their keeper and we had to place our shots. The ones that scored were placed in the right spot."

Fagan did well in controlling the midfield and was aggressive in the attack zone. She scored the first two goals of the game to give the Lady Wreckers a 2-0 lead.

"The first one, I placed by the keeper in the [lower] corner and the second one, I lobbed into the top left corner of the net," Fagan said.

Senior captain Abbey Lake, who turned 17, increased the lead to 3-0 with 4:41 remaining in the half.

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"It's definitely great to score on my birthday," Lake said. "Their goalie was great and we tried to solve her."

Defensively, seniors Colleen McCarthy, Alex Wiener, Katie Ambrose and Lisa Shirafuji along with juniors Siri Andrews and Julia Tziolis and freshman Megan Root played well for Staples. They kept the ball out of the defensive zone, which led to the Lady Wreckers having a 19-1 advantage in shots.

Juniors Turner Block and Ryan Kirshner along with sophomore Gea Mitas and freshmen Lauren Garcia, Chloe Rosenfield and Maggie Walsh helped the attack.

Kirshner made it 4-0 off a feed from Lake in the second half.

Senior captain goalie Jessie Ambrose didn't get much action in net during the first half and gave to junior Callie Ahlgrim in the second half. However, Jessie Ambrose did score in the waning moments when she poked home Kirshner's rebound. This is her second goal of the year, which is an unofficial record for goalies.

"Ryan Kirshner set me up with a ball near the 18 and as a goalie, I knew putting it in the near post would be one of the hardest saves," Jessie Ambrose said. "It was fun doing it on Senior Day, and the team played well. It all worked out."

Ross said, "Jessie is a great all-around athlete and if she wasn't a keeper, she'd be a solid field player. It's great to utilize her at the top."

Next up for the Lady Wreckers are road games Saturday at New Canaan and Monday at Wilton. Staples hopes to pick up its play in the next two games.

"It was definitely a good win and it was great to get different people on the field," Fagan said. "We didn't have our best game but we still got the win."

Lake said, "We could have scored more goals but we worked more on possession and preparing for New Canaan."