Wrecker booters lose to Darien
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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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.