Staples shuts out Ludlowe in boys soccer
WESTPORT — With the FCIAC boys soccer season reaching its midway stage and a host of teams in the hunt, points are valuable regardless of the opposition they come against.
For Staples, three more points came on Friday against one of the top teams in the league in an impressive performance.
The Wreckers threw down a gauntlet at a rainy Wakeman field, breezing aside defending FCIAC champion Ludlowe 3-0. Staples is now 6-1-1 and among the top teams in the league with 19 points.
“We pay Ludlowe a lot of respect,” said Staples forward Daniel Perez Elorza. “It feels great to beat them because they’re the defending champions, and I feel this victory shows the rest of the FCIAC we are a threat.”
The Falcons came out strong and strung series of passes together, but a goal 2:37 before halftime swung the match for good. Staples had a free kick along the byline that Graham Gudis whipped into the box. Teddy Lawrence met it with his head and gave the Wreckers a 1-0 lead.
“We got it right before half; we always say it doesn’t matter when it comes,” Staples coach Dan Woog said.
The Falcons had a chance to equalize early in the second half as Staples goalie Noah Schwaeber couldn’t handle a slippery ball that caromed right to a Falcons attacker. Josh Berman was on the goal line to cover for a shot, however.
Ludlowe (4-2-2) was unable to get its rhythm going in the second half and lacked intensity according to coach Kevin O’Hara.
“I thought we played very well in the first half,” O’Hara said. “Unfortunately we gave up that goal on a restart. In the second half (Staples) wanted it more than us; they came out and worked hard and we weren’t able to get in the flow.
The Wreckers added a pair of late goals with Elorza as the architect. He first fed Spencer Daniels for a tap-in on the counter attack with 10:20 to play, then charged the Ludlowe goal on a slow back pass that resulted in a goal for Tyler Wright.
“On the first goal I was definitely thinking about shooting but I picked up my head and saw (Daniels) was wide open at the back post so I just slotted it in,” Elorza said. “On the second goal I saw it was a weak back pass and tried to get in front of it.”
Since an opening-day defeat to Trumbull, the Wreckers have outscored the opposition 18-4.
STAPLES 3, LUDLOWE 0
LUDLOWE 0 0—0
STAPLES 1 2—0
Records: Ludlowe 4-2-2; Staples 6-1-1. Goals: S—Tyler Wright, Spencer Daniels, Teddy Lawrence. Assists: S—Graham Gudis, Daniel Perez Elorza 2. Goalies: L—Fred Meagher (3 saves); S—Noah Schwaeber (3 saves). Shots: L—6; S—9.