WESTPORT — There was plenty of excitement in the air for the Staples girls soccer team’s senior day at home, the Wreckers were able to use that to their advantage knocking off rival New Canaan 1-0 last Friday.

“I think that today's game proved that we have grit, that we are willing to work down to the very last second and give it our all until we get ourselves a result,” senior Sally McGee said. “That was not our prettiest game of soccer, but I think that everyone's effort and determination in addition to our physicality and ability to get to the ball first and win it was what helped us be successful in the end.”

In the first half, Staples had much of the possession with most of the action held to New Canaan’s half.

Staples also outshot New Canaan 6-4 and goalie Anna Sivinski made three saves. Although only six shots were on target for Staples in the first half, the Wreckers had a myriad of chances early in the game.

The second half was much of the same for the Wreckers, as the squad continued to be dominate on the offensive side of the ball. But it did not net any results, until late in the match.

Staples’ Julia Lombardo found the back of the net for the lone goal of the game.

“Julia’s goal was amazing,” Syvinski said. “At first I didn’t think it was going in, but then it started to drop in and the bench exploded. I was so excited and so was everyone else. We were pushing so hard. It was freaking fantastic.”

This game was crucial for the Wreckers as it put them in first place in the FCIAC, with only one game left before the playoffs.

“This game helped us for the future because it showed how even when we don't play to our full potential,” Junior Ashley Wright said. “We can still get the results we want.”

Story was contributed by Chris Andrews and Jacob Kogan.