Danbury beats Staples to remain unbeaten in girls soccer
Updated 12:03 pm, Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In the 42nd minute Tuesday, sophomore Jessica Robbins ignited the Danbury High girls soccer team's comeback against Staples.
Less than nine minutes later, she helped finish it too.
Robbins scored the equalizer and assisted on the go-ahead goal in the second half to keep the Hatters unbeaten on the season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Staples.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Hatters notched three goals in the second half against a squad that had outscored opponents 17-0 over its first four matches.
Danbury improved to 4-0-1 with the dominant half, while the Wreckers dropped to 4-1.
"We got a goal in the first two minutes," Danbury coach Jessica Halas said, "and then the energy started to come and flow. We gained momentum and we never looked back."
Robbins blasted a shot up and out of the reach of Staples goalkeeper Mary Bennewitz with 38:07 remaining to knot it 1-1 after a quiet first half by Danbury.
"Honestly, I closed my eyes and kicked it as hard as I could," Robbins said. "My teammate said I toed it so hard.
"Once we got that goal, our momentum built back up."
Maintaining an edge in possession, Danbury took a 2-1 lead with 29:40 left when Robbins caught Staples' defense in transition and played a cross to Brittini Silva. Unguarded, the senior promptly pocketed the ball into the lower left corner.
Silva's goal proved to be enough offense for the Hatters, who registered five shots over the final 40 minutes to match Staples.
"We just came out a little flat, maybe a little too overconfident," Staples coach Heather Driscoll said. "I think we had a lot of the play in the first half. We had the more dangerous of the chances. ¦ We had potential to play really good soccer and we just lost it."
The Hatters, who have out scored opponents 15-1 after allowing their first goal Tuesday, built a 3-1 advantage with 9:14 left. Sophomore Delaney Daly beat out a defender for possession of a long pass and booted a shot past the diving goalkeeper.
Halas was pleased to see the increased intensity from her squad in the second half, especially after trailing.
"We had a little halftime talk," Halas said. "The kids realized that when you start flat and give up an early goal like that, the other team gains momentum. ¦ I'm really pleased with how we came out."
With a busy schedule ahead, Staples will look to respond to its first defeat of the season. The Wreckers visit New Canaan on Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and host Ridgefield on Friday (4 p.m.).
"This week's a long week, next week's a long week. They need to turn around and let this motivate them for tomorrow," Driscoll said. "Hopefully we can use it to fire us up a little bit."
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Danbury 3, Staples 1
STAPLES 1 0 -- 1
DANBURY 0 3 -- 3
Records: Staples 4-1; Danbury 4-0-1.
Goals: S -- Lauren Garcia; D -- Jessica Robbins, Brittini Silva, Delaney Daly. Assists: S -- Charlotte Rossi; D -- Robbins. Goalies: S --Mary Bennewitz (2 saves); D -- Rebecca Gartner (5). Shots: S -- 9; D -- 7.