The Staples boys soccer team ended its two-game losing streak to Bridgeport Central in convincing fashion Tuesday.

Staples raised its record to 2-0 with a 7-0 home victory over Central (0-2).

"Central is down last year and lost a lot of players," Wreckers coach Dan Woog said. "It's always nice to get goals."

In addition to graduation, the Hilltoppers were also hit by a new Bridgeport eligibility rule involving grades, which caused them to lose some of their top players.

"I feel bad for them," Woog said.

The ball was rarely in Staples' zone as its defense deftly kept it away from starting goalie James Hickok and his backup, Tucker Rizzi.

"The defense stepped up nicely, and it was a good game all over the field," Woog said.

Junior Lorenz Esposito got the Wreckers started by giving them a 1-0 lead when he scored his first of two goals one minute into the game off a long cross from senior Max Hoberman.

"We lost to Central the previous two years and we knew we weren't going to lose to them this year," Esposito said. "We knew we needed to come out strong to start the game."

Esposito struck again at the 16-minute mark when he kicked home a rebound off of senior Steven Smith's shot. Smith, who received the ball from classmate Dylan Evans, was credited with the assist.

"We had a pretty good game collectively," Esposito said. "We had good chemistry, kept our heads up all day and didn't let any slipups happen. I know my teammates very well, and I was able to anticipate when the crosses came in, and I took the shots at the right time."

Smith played an integral role all game in distributing the ball from the midfield.

"Steven Smith played a very nice game," Woog said.

The midfielder remained modest about the praise from his coach and what he accomplished on the pitch.

"I thought we played well as a team and knocked it around," Smith said. "They left some gaps in the middle of the field and the backs, and Jake Malowitz and Alex Tonsberg were able to get the ball to our feet."

Malowitz said, "Steve has checked to the ball well and is a good option for Tonsberg and I. We look to [ultimately] get it to the attack, and Steve is able to find the attack."

Junior David Hoffman scored two goals within a minute, the second at the 27-minute mark. Sophomore Diego Alanis set up Hoffman's first goal, and senior Terrence Gibbons assisted on his second tally.

With 17 seconds left in the half, Smith scored off a cross from Gibbons to make it 5-0.

"Terrence did a good job of getting it to me," Smith said.

In the second half, junior Ethan Bradeen headed home a goal from senior Will Meinke and senior Jay Kaplan closed out the scoring off a pass from Joe Greenwald.

"It's a hug confidence-booster for the team, especially with the difficult run of games coming up," Malowitz said.