The Staples girls soccer team raised its record to 8-5-1 with a 2-0 win at Danbury on Tuesday. "We played exactly the game we needed to play," said coach Brian Scott.

Lady Wrecker sophomore Abby Lake scored the first goal of the game early in the first half off a feed from senior captain Kate Burke.

Junior Jaclyn Katz scored later in the first half off a breakaway in the first half. "I think it was good that we got early goals because that helped us boost our confidence," said Burke.

Danbury came out strong on its senior night. Yet the Lady Wreckers dominated the game. "They [Danbury] tried very hard but they are not one of the top teams, and it was a game we really needed to win," said Scott.

Staples controlled the ball in the midfield area, creating many scoring opportunities. However, the team did not finish after taking a 2-0 lead. "I think we could have improved our intensity and going for the ball much more would have given us a greater score," said Burke.

Scott added, "We definitely missed some good opportunities, especially on our corner kicks. Unfortunately we were not able to put those away."

With some very important and crucial games approaching, Scott did try to rest some of his players. Staples hosted Greenwich yesterday after press time in a game that determines its FCIAC playoff fate.

After Tuesday`s game, the Lady Wreckers were in seventh place in the FCIAC. A win or tie will guarantee the team a spot in FCIACs.

Last year, Staples was knocked out in the first round of the FCIAC playoffs. This year, the Lady Wreckers hope to advance farther. If the team is playing in the FCIAC tournament, the first round game will be played tomorrow at the higher seeded team`s home field.

The Lady Wreckers are definitely in the Class LL tournament, which starts Nov. 9. Last year, the team was eliminated in the second round of Class LL. Staples is looking forward to the post season tournaments.

One good sign for the Lady Wreckers was their 1-0 home win over vaunted St. Joseph last Friday. Katz scored from Lake in the first half. Sophomore goalie Jessie Ambrose made nine saves for Staples.

Reflecting on the regular season, Scott said," I think we have had a couple of let downs midway through the season, but we are coming back and finishing the season strong."