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Staples Boys Soccer Ties With Danbury

WESTPORT, Conn. – Danbury High scored the game-tying goal in the 75th minute against Staples High, making it 2-2 in a league game at Westport.

Staples (9-2-4) is seeded fourth with one regular season game remaining. It meets Harding on Wednesday and has secured a berth in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament. Danbury (6-2-7) is fighting for a playoff berth.

Staples started strong, and its work was rewarded in the 48th minute when Dylan Hoy and Lorenz Esposito worked a perfect give-and-go. Esposito’s pass to Hoy resulted in an easy goal and a 1-0 Staples lead. Joe Greenwald converted a pass in the 66th minute from Jay Kaplan to put the Wreckers up 2-0.

The Hatters countered in just 43 seconds. Staples threatened several more times but couldn’t convert. Danbury scored when it had a throw-in near the end line, and it sailed through the box and was knocked home from close range.

“I’m disappointed – not in our guys, but for our guys,’’ coach Dan Woog said. “For 70 minutes, we played excellent soccer. This is a mental game, as well as a physical one.  We’ll keep working on the mental aspect. Our guys are smart and strong.  I am fully confident they’ll get it done.”

James Hickok had seven saves in goal for Staples.

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