The Staples girls soccer team had chance after chance to begin the defense of its FCIAC title on a positive note. A sensational strike at the other end ensured the Wreckers would lose their first match of the season.

Trumbull secured a 3-2 win over Staples on Saturday at Loeffler Field in the season opener for both teams. Jillian Presser broke a 2-2 tie with a superb goal from a free kick with less than five minutes to play.

“She’s a very technical player with great skills,” Trumbull coach Daniel Uhrlass said. “She’s worked on her free kicks a lot; I’m really proud of her for coming up with a great goal.”

The event-filled game appeared to be headed for a draw before Presser had the last say. Trumbull won a free kick on the edge of the penalty box, right in range for a shot.

“I was just looking for upper 90 (the top corner),” Presser said. “I was trying to curve it around the wall; I’ve been practicing that range a lot 15-20 yards. I knew this was my chance to get it in and I did.”

To prepare for the physical nature of the FCIAC, the Eagles practiced with the boys JV team prior to the start of the season. Saturday’s action featured plenty of tough tackles and a pair of yellow cards.

“A wild game is the right description,” Uhrlass said. “We were lucky to come out with the win considering a lot of the chances that we gave up. Our defense was pretty shaky today but our goalie (Aisling Maguire) was starting her first varsity game and she did a great job.”

Charlotte Rossi gave Staples a 1-0 lead inside the first two minutes of the game, a goal which shocked the Eagles into action. They began to come into the game and scored twice with 10 minutes to take a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to play in the first half.

The second goal came from Amelia Crosley, who rounded Staples goalie Anna Sivinski with a nifty move before finishing into the empty net.

Staples took little time to respond and Brynly Marsh hit a strike from a narrow angle after a pair of excellent moves by Lydia Shaw to tie the game at 2-2 heading into halftime.

The Wreckers wouldn’t score again despite the onslaught that would come in the second 40 minutes.

“It was just one of those days; we had about 15 clear goal-scoring opportunities,” Staples coach Beattie said. “We gifted them two goals in the beginning and the free kick at the end was brilliant. I think we dominated the majority of the game.”

The Wreckers turned on the heat in the second half, but were unable to get one across the line. Shaw hit the woodwork twice, including once in the final minute, and Maguire had to make a one-on-one save to deny Marsh.

“The best thing after a loss is another game fast,” said Beattie referring to the Wreckers’ game with Stamford on Wednesday. “The only thing we can do is bounce back.”

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Trumbull 3, Staples 2

TRUMBULL 2 1--3

STAPLES 2 0--2

Records: Trumbull 1-0, Staples 0-1

Goals: T—Kyriaki Marinos, Amelia Crosley, Jillian Presser; S—Charlotte Rossi, Brynly Marsh. Goalies: T—Aisling Maguire (4 saves); S—Anna Sivinski (5 saves). Shots: T—10; S—18.