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Monday, October 31, 2005

Staples Boys Soccer Lashes Ludlowe 3-0

A superb team effort lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 3-0 win over Fairfield Ludlowe today at Albie Loeffler Field. WestportNow.com Image
Preston Hirten dribbles upfield in Staples’ 3-0 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nangle for WestportNow.com

The victory—the Wreckers’ sixth straight, and fifth consecutive shutout—gave them an 11-3-2 mark as they closed out regular season play.

But at the same time, Trumbull shocked New Canaan 3-0, giving the Golden Eagles the fourth and final berth in the FCIAC playoffs. Staples now sets its sights on the state LL tournament, which begins next Tuesday (seedings will be released Friday).

The Wreckers goal is to win their 12th state championship—and first since 1993.

“You can’t always get what you want,” said head coach Dan Woog, quoting Mick Jagger. “Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. But I have never been prouder of any team than I am of this one.

“They’ve done everything we asked, and more. They’ve stepped up to the plate, and they’ve done it huge—time and time again. And I’ll say again what I told them after the game: Based on what we’ve seen these past few weeks, there’s no reason we can’t reach our new goal: winning the next five games. I think everyone on the team agrees we can do it.”

Today’s win was powered by Ross McGibney’s two goals and one assist. The first, just five minutes into the match, came off a quick feed from Matt Lamb.

The Wreckers exploded for two more in a 37-second span as soon as the second half began. First, McGibney buried Colin Nangle’s goal kick; then combination play by Lamb, Nicky Hoberman and McGibney ended with a shot by Keaton Cristobal.

The Wreckers also got great midfield play from Brendon Cristobal, and fine goalkeeping by Brad Green.

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