For the first time all fall, the Staples boys soccer team ended up on the short end of the stick.

Staples lost 1-0 at Darien to fall to 7-1-2. Darien is the surprise team in the FCIAC and raised its record to 7-1-2.

"Honestly, the difference is that Darien scored, and we did not.," Wreckers coach Dan Woog said. "We played strong possession soccer; we played team defense -- except for getting caught on an early goal -- and we moved forward on the attack. Soccer is a funny game at times, and this proves it."

Ben Highton scored an early goal for the Blue Wave and it stood up the entire game. Staples outshot Darien, 16-6, but junior goalie Jack Fisher made eight saves for the Blue Wave, which kept the Wreckers at bay.

Steve Smith had a chance to give Staples a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game but his free kick slammed off the cross bar.

In the second half, Max Hoberman earned a header a corner kick for the Wreckers but Ben Root's header went wide. Fisher made a save on Smith's free kick. Dylan Evans also created some nice chances for the Westporters.

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Staples' defense played well with Taylor McNair and Ethan Bradeen making the plays for the Wreckers in the backfield. James Hickok made five saves for the Wreckers, including two on corner kicks.

This is Darien's first win over Staples since 1997.

The Wreckers hope this loss motivates them the rest of the way, starting Saturday when they host Fairfield Warde at 4 p.m. in a rematch of the FCIAC championship game, which Staples won, 3-2.

"We'll head right back out 48 hours from now against Fairfield Warde, and hopefully get some goals in front of our Alumni Day crowd," Woog said.