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Staples Soccer Ousted by Farmington

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples soccer team played in a ton of one-goal games this season. The Wreckers won their share, but could not pull one out Monday against Farmington in the second round of the Class LL playoffs.

The No. 6 Indians held on to defeat No. 11 Staples, 1-0, in a rematch of last year’s state championship game. Farmington advances to Wednesday’s quarterfinals at No. 3 Norwalk. Staples finishes its season 13-4-4.

“This game was a microcosm of our season,” Staples coach Dan Woog said.  “Of our 21 games this season, 16 were decided by 1 goal, or were ties. That’s the way our entire year went.  It’s a tribute to our guys that they gutted so many of those matches out – and that they fought to the end in this one.”

Farmington carried play early and connected midway through the first half on a shot by Kyle Baker. Staples battled for the remaining time to net the equalizer, and had several opportunities. Max Hoberman’s long ball in the 39th minute was caught by Farmington goalie Austin Peluso, who appeared to backpedal into the goal. Officials waved play on, and Staples was denied the game-tying goal.

Staples challenged Farmington’s defense throughout the second half, but the Indians were equal to the task.

“It’s always tough to lose – especially wearing the Staples ‘S,’ ’’ Woog said. “But if your team is any good at all, odds are high you’ll end your season with a loss.  Only one team finishes as champion.  Yet we always set our goals high.  If you don’t shoot for the stars, you’ll never hit the moon.

“I loved this team,” Woog continued.  “They’re an awesome group of young men.  They brought a smile to my face every day.  I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with them.”

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