One coach was pleased with his team's performance Tuesday afternoon and the other was not after the Fairfield Warde's boys soccer game with Staples.

However, the disappointed coach was the one who came out on top.

Staples got a goal in the 53rd minute by Steven Denowitz and held on behind good play by goalkeeper Connor Walsh as the Wreckers held off the Mustangs, 2-1, at Warde.

"Three points is three points," Staples Head Coach Dan Woog said. "We'll take it."

Warde's Guthrie Carpenter scored the lone goal for the Mustangs off of a free kick from midfield by Kevin Petroccio.

"We came back, we rallied," Warde Head Coach Justin Ottavio said. "And then they countered with a beautiful goal."

That beautiful goal was Denowitz's first of the year. It came off of an effective throw-in by Mikey Scott. Denowitz flicked the throw-in with his head past Dylan Strachen to put the Wreckers ahead 2-1.

"It was a very alert play," Woog said. "He hasn't scored a lot of goals, but we'll need that going forward."

The Wreckers took the lead from the outset of the game, scoring just 4:14 into the season on a shot from Greg Gudis.

"We got ourselves in a precarious situation," Ottavio said.

But Warde took control of the play, as only the play of Staples' defenders and Walsh kept Warde off of the scoreboard.

Walsh also managed to keep Warde off of the board with 16 minutes left in the game when he punched out a chance by Connor Gavey.

"[Walsh] rebounded off of Connor's header very well," Ottavio said.

Walsh also punched the ball away on Warde's attempted corner kick with less than five seconds left to preserve the Wreckers' win.

"Connor did a nice job in his first varsity start," Woog said. "Props to him."

Ottavio took heart despite the Mustangs' defeat. He was impressed in his team's effort against the defending FCIAC and Class LL champion.

"I'll take this as a stepping stone," Ottavio said. "If we play like this every day, we're going to be very formidable."

Woog wanted to stress to his squad that it was no longer 2009, and that a better effort will be required if the team wants to duplicate its achievements from a year ago.

"The guys are probably thinking that it'll be another season like last year," Woog said. "We have to realize that it is not 2009."

Staples plays again Monday against Bridgeport Central. Warde will take on Wilton on Monday.