Lady Wrecker booters fall to Trumbull
The Staples girls soccer team is looking to find its grove after a 4-1 loss at Trumbull Monday.
Staples lost its second straight game and dropped to 3-3-1. Trumbull raised its record to 2-0-4.
"I told them from the start, it's about heart, hustle and hunger and there's only so much we can do," Lady Wreckers coach Nikki Ross said. "It comes down to having the fight attitude. We have the skills but we haven't been clicking lately and we hope to come out strong Wednesday [today at home against Greenwich at 4 p.m.]."
Staples lost 3-2 at home Saturday to St. Joseph of Trumbull.
The Lady Eagles carried play for the most part in the pouring rain. They outshot Staples 13-5 and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
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Turner Block tied it 1-1 for the Lady Wreckers 15:47 into the half off a cross from freshman Lauren Garcia.
Block pushed the ball up all game but was stymied by the Lady Eagles' defense. Siri Andrews played well defensively all game for Staples and tried to set up a goal on a free kick. Andrews set up freshman Chloe Rosenfield, who got off a shot from in front of the net, but Trumbull's defense swept it away.
Julia Tziolis played well defensively for the Lady Wreckers and broke up a few plays in the back row. Staples freshman Megan Root was tenacious on defense and stuck tightly with her opponent and Lisa Shirafuji also broke up a play.
Abby Fagan had a few good boots from the midfield and tried to send it to the attack and fed freshman Maggie Walsh, who has improved and made a few good runs. Abbey Lake also tried to get the Lady Wreckers going and had a few nice crosses to Block.
However, Lauren Hyde booted in a long shot with 14:42 left in the half to give the Lady Eagles the lead for good, 2-1.
Jessie Ambrose played well in net for Staples with seven saves. Ambrose cut down angles all night and made the initial stop on Rubin's booming shot before the half, but with 40 seconds to go, Nicole Schwartz kicked in the rebound to make it 3-1 and virtually put the game out of reach.
"Not having Ryan, Ali and Adele up top hurts," Ross said. "We had to throw our younger players in there. They did well but there's only so much they can do."