DANBURY—Two FCIAC title contenders battled it out for 80 minutes Monday with little separating them on the field, both displaying championship-level defense from the outset.

Neither Danbury or Staples could find a breakthrough as a result, with the teams each claiming a point in the standings with a 0-0 draw to continue their unbeaten starts.

Both teams had claimed easy wins — Danbury over New Canaan and Staples over Trinity Catholic — in their season openers and kept their status as title hopefuls against one another.

“It’s a typical Danbury-Staples game,” said Hatters coach Antony Howard. “We knew that neither team was going to be able to dictate the play, which is what happened. Neither team was going to let the other have a lot of opportunities, which is what happened.”

The Wreckers claimed the best chance of the game right before the end of the first half. An unmarked Tadeo Messenger rose highest to a ball from a corner kick, but his header missed the goal by fractions. Staples turned up the pressure again in the final several minutes but was unable to seriously threaten the goal.

“We did some good things in terms of organization and we did some things we weren’t pleased with; rushing our passes and not always making great decisions,” Wreckers coach Dan Woog said. “But to come away with one point against a team like that early in the season, (we’ll take it).”

A reshuffled defense through injury put Jackson Fagan at center defense for the Hatters, but he helped his team keep a clean sheet.

“He started off as my right back but I had to move him to center back with all the injuries,” Howard said. “He’s done a great job; the back four played well today.”

Always strong defensively year in and year out, the Wreckers have already found chemistry in the back four this term.

“If you get your defense organized the rest will follow,” Woog said. “It’s a lot easier to get one goal and win 1-0 then it is to get three and win 3-2.”


Chris Martinson, Staples and Jackson Fagan, Danbury. The two central defenders helped orchestrate the scoreless draw both in the air and on the ground.


Though Danbury has four points from its first two matches this season, it has come at a cost. Standout midfielder Felipe Alves suffered an ankle injury late in the game against Staples. Defender Igor De Souza remains out while Aidan Coleman tore his ACL and will miss the season.


“We came off the back in a game against New Canaan where we did everything right and today we panicked a little bit on the ball,” Howard said.


Danbury hosts Ludlowe while Staples visits Warde, both on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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STAPLES0 0 — 0

DANBURY0 0 — 0

Records: Staples 1-0-1, Danbury 1-0-1. Goals: Goalies: S—Teddy O’Kane (5 saves) D—David Mollenthiel (4 saves).