Games aren't won based on prior records or statistics.

This is a hard lesson the Staples girls soccer team hopes to learn from its 4-0 loss at Danbury Monday. Staples, who entered the game as the favorite, dropped to 2-1 despite outshoot Danbury (1-2), 17-7.

"It's a long ride to get up there [to Danbury] and they were not mentally into the game at the level they should have been," Lady Wreckers coach Nikki Ross said. "It's a tough loss but it's a good lesson for them to learn. I'd rather lose like this now than later in the year."

Seniors Abbey Lake and Abby Fagan each had four shots for Staples and junior Turner Block had two shots.

"We had a lot of opportunities and the passing was phenomenal but we couldn't finish," Ross said.

Ross was pleased with the team's defensive performance, starting with freshman Megan Root. The coach credits the rookie Root for her ability of seeing the field well and getting the ball to the attack.

Another positive in Ross' eyes was the play of junior midfielder Siri Andrews, who was a defender last year. She was especially pleased with Andrews for the way she got the ball to the forwards.

Freshman Chloe Rosenfield and senior Colleen McCarthy also played well in the midfield for the Lady Wreckers. McCarthy also contributed in the backfield and Ross is pleased with McCarthy being multi-faceted.

"We feel we can put her in a position we need her to be in," said Ross on McCarthy.

Staples hopes to use this experience to motivate itself when it tries to get back on the winning track against Ridgefield at home today and at Wilton on Friday.

"It's a good wakeup call for them," Ross said.