Death. Taxes. A standout soccer goalkeeper at Staples High School?

While two of those are slightly more guaranteed than the third, the Wreckers have churned out an impressive number of goalies during its long, rich history. Many of them have gone on to star for Division I programs, most recently 2013 graduate James Hickock, now at Dartmouth.

Staples senior Ziggy Hallgarten is putting together a season that puts him on the list among former Wrecker standouts. Biding his time after making varsity as a freshman, Hallgarten is in the middle of an impressive season: The Wreckers sit at 7-2-5 and have conceded just six goals this season.

Scoring goals on the Wreckers has long been an issue for opposing offenses as Westport puts extra emphasis on training the position.

“I think it’s sort of self-perpetuating,” Wreckers coach Dan Woog said. “Young kids see good keepers and they want to be that keeper. We let everybody know how an important position it is.”

One ace in the hole aiding this process is goalkeeping coach Tom Henske. One of the top goalkeepers in the country during his time at the University of Virginia, Henske has provided his expertise to the Wreckers since 2009.

Hallgarten, a native Californian, moved to Westport with his family at age 7 and quickly integrated into the Westport soccer community. It took a few years to find his home between the pipes, though.

He first tried the position during a recreational game at age 11 as no one else felt like playing goalie. Though he allowed 10 goals, he recalled saving more than he let through. He soon started playing club soccer with a variety of organizations.

Even before he made it to high school, it was Hickok who took Hallgarten under his wing in a process stressed by many Wreckers who return to give back to the program.

“James taught me a lot; he was the first glimpse I had at Staples soccer,” Hallgarten said. “He was the first one-on-one goalie training I ever had. We did a lot of the basics and I learned so much from him.”

Making varsity as a freshman, playing time was scarce. That continued into his sophomore and junior seasons as goaltending rotations featuring the talented Noah Schwaeber meant minutes were hard to come by.

“Last year I think he had a disappointing season; he played well but we had three keepers,” Woog said. “He was determined at the end of the season that he was going to light it up this year, and he really has.”

Hallgarten’s breakout season began in the summer. Competing for Everton America based out of Norwalk and featuring players from Fairfield County, Hallgarten and his teammates — including several from Staples — reached the national tournament.

That carried over to the fall as Hallgarten finally entered the season as the undisputed No. 1 choice. Though his defense has been superb in front of him all year, Hallgarten has contributed immensely to the small tally in the goals against column. At one point during the season, Staples didn’t allow a goal in five straight matches.

“At least once a game there’s something that happens; there’s a great shot, a back pass that goes array or a deflection where it looks like we’ve let up a goal, and all of a sudden Ziggy comes out of nowhere with his huge hands,” Woog said.

While Hallgarten — who offers an imposing figure for onrushing attackers at 6-foot-2 — has interest from several colleges, he might not play at the NCAA level. Playing lacrosse as a freshman and sophomore put him behind the recruiting trail, he says. With his size and skill set he could certainly find a home, Woog said.

“He can certainly play at a Division I school,” Woog said. “He would make a very good DI keeper; his size his smarts, his wingspan, his reflexes and coachability.”

There is also another reason that may restrict Hallgarten to the club level.

“After playing with Staples I don’t think it would get better,” Hallgarten said. “The Staples community is so much more than a soccer community; this is the most fun I’ve had. Nothing will get better than this.”

His time with the Wreckers is slowly winding down. Staples will compete for a FCIAC championship beginning next week, and the state tournament will follow in November. Entering Thursday’s game against Wilton, the Wreckers haven’t lost in 10 matches.

Staples is looking for its first FCIAC title since 2010.

“We’re really confident going into the postseason,” Hallgarten said. “We’ve had some mistakes and injuries earlier in the season but we’ve showed we can play with everyone.” It’s honestly good we had a rough start and we were able to move on.”