The 2013 varsity schedule is set.
The Wreckers will play 8 home matches — including always-tough Ridgefield, Norwalk and Trumbull — and 8 away. Key road contests include New Canaan, Wilton, Greenwich, Darien and Westhill.
The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference season kicks off on Tuesday, September 10, with a 4 p.m. home encounter against Danbury. Two days later, the blue-and-whites travel to New Canaan for a 7 p.m. match.
There are 3 Saturday clashes: September 21 (at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.); September 28 (home vs. Brien McMahon, 11 a.m.) and October 12 (Columbus Day weekend, at Greenwich, 11 a.m.).
A tough 4-games-in-12-days mid-season stretch includes Norwalk, Trumbull, Greenwich and Darien.
The regular season ends with back-to-back matches at home against Fairfield Ludlowe (home, Monday, October 21) and at Westhill (Tuesday, October 22).
For the 3rd year in a row, Staples will not play Stamford and Bassick. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) allows only 16 regular season games. There are 19 teams in the FCIAC.
Before the regular schedule begins, the Wreckers have 5 preseason events. Four days after tryouts begin (Wednesday, August 28, 4 p.m.), they face state LL finalist Fairfield Prep, away. Two days later (Friday, August 30, 4 p.m.) they host Wethersfield.
On Tuesday, September 3 Staples heads to Newtown (4 p.m.). Three days later Choate comes to Westport (5:15 p.m.). The next morning, the Wreckers play in the traditional 4-team Wethersfield jamboree.
“It’s a very tough preseason — but that’s the way to get ready for the always brutal FCIAC,” says head coach Dan Woog.
“Some of our guys are battle-tested. They know what it’s like to go through the fall schedule — how intense and amazing it is. There’s no room for error.
“Other guys will find out for the first time. That’s what playing Staples soccer is all about.”
Woog has been impressed so far with the summer playing and training regimen.
“They know they have to be ready long before tryouts begin,” he notes. “Once we get started, there’s no letup for nearly 3 months. We look forward to continuing Staples soccer’s great 55-year tradition.”