Published on October 10th, 2017 | by Staples Soccer0
Match result: Staples vs. Darien
Saturday’s match against division-leading Stamford was one of the most exciting — and best-played — games in recent Staples soccer memory.
Today’s against previously winless Darien was not.
The Blue Wave came in with an 0-8-2 mark. They’d had some close results — a 4-3 loss to Stamford, a 3-3 draw with Central — but the young squad had trouble scoring. And they were giving up goals in bunches.
The Wreckers were missing Anton Mahr (sitting out after 3 yellow cards) and Timmy Liles (injury). But they did not rise to Saturday’s level. The first half saw listless play — not the hard-pressing, quick-passing soccer Staples fans enjoyed 72 hours earlier.
The 2nd half was better. But as the half wore on — and Darien picked up their game too — things got tense. The visitors got off a few good shots — saved smartly by keeper Ry Cohen — while the Westporters had a couple of close opportunities too.
Yet with just over 3 minutes to play, the Wavers earned a corner kick. It sliced low through the box, and found its way into the net.
For Staples, the loss stunned. With 4 matches to go, they’re scrambling for an FCIAC playoff berth — and still have not qualified for the state tournament.
They face a stern test on Thursday, at Ridgefield. The Tigers started the season 0-2 — and entering today’s game with St. Joseph, had reeled off 8 straight wins.
Which Wrecker team will show up at Tiger Hollow? The answer could determine the rest of Staples’ season. FINAL SCORE: Darien 1, Staples 0. SEASON RECORD: 6-4-2.
QUICK KICKS: The reserves downed Darien 6-0. Wilson Daniels had 4 goals; Mauricio Inglada and Andres Pirri netted 1 each. Assists came from Andrew Marshall (3), Jake D’Amico and Josh DeDomenico….
The freshmen edged Darien 2-1. Alan Fiore and Konur Nordberg scored. Keeper Reed Caney, Kyle Rotolo and George Smith played well.