Gibbons' goal helps Wreckers boot Wilton

Terrence Gibbons struck again.

For the second time in six days, Gibbons scored the only goal in the game to lift the Staples boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory.

"I just make sure I'm in the right place at the right time and that the goals come natural," Gibbons said.

The first time he did it, it was at St. Joseph in the season-opener and it was on a header. His most recent heroics came Thursday at Wilton when he kicked it home on the ride side with five minutes remaining in the game after receiving a cross from Jake Malowitz. Malowitz was credited with the assist and created the play by making a run up the right side and crossing it to the center.

"I saw Jake Malowitz going down the field and hit a one-timer to the center of the box and I was able to volley it in," Gibbons said.

On his knack for scoring the big goals, Gibbons said, "It feells great because you get the respect from the fans but most important, you help your team get the win. There's no comparison."

Staples raised its record to 3-0. Wilton dropped to 2-1-1.

The first half was a back and forth affair with the Wreckers having a 5-4 shots advantage at the break. Steven Smith apparently gave Staples a 1-0 lead in the second half when he kicked home Hoberman's rebound but he was ruled offsides and the goal was disallowed.

Wreckers junior co-captain James Hickok (eight saves) preserved the win with a great save in the latter stages of the game. Malowitz and Taylor McNair also made defensive saves for Staples.

The Wreckers outshot Wilton, 17-10 and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Warriors goalie James Erario (12 saves) made some big saves and prevented Staples from breaking it open.