The Staples High boys soccer team finally put together the complete performance that its head coach, Dan Woog, has been looking for.
The Wreckers, who graduated nine starters from a year ago, came into Monday’s match against Greenwich at 3-3-1 overall, with just one goal scored in their last three matches. That all changed just three minutes in, however, as junior Diego Alanis netted the match’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Greenwich.
“It’s really what we’ve been capable of all year and really haven’t done, which is 80 minutes of hard, tough, smart soccer,” Woog said.
That came at the expense of Greenwich, which lost for the first time in six matches and fell to 6-2-1 on the season.
“The fact is, we came here last year and got beat 1-0 in the FCIAC (quarterfinals). Same thing. Another tactical mistake,” Greenwich head coach Kurt Putnam said. “We come down here again today and same thing, another tactical mistake.”
Although there’s still plenty of soccer left to be played, the win was a significant one for Staples. The Wreckers, who had been scoreless in their previous two matches (2-0 loss to Norwalk, 0-0 draw with Trumbull) are wrapping up a tough stretch that includes a match with Darien on Wednesday at Loeffler Field.
“I’m just really happy for the team,” Alanis said. “We really needed these three points. We’ve got to get back on track. We’ve had some hard games.”