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Semis sweet: Four teams take one more step toward FCIAC titles

Staples' Lydia Shaw (14) and Margaret Walsh (17) celebrate a second-half goal during the Wreckers' 4-0 win over New Canaan in the FCIAC semifinals on Monday. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

Staples’ Lydia Shaw (14) and Margaret Walsh (17) celebrate a second-half goal during the Wreckers’ 4-0 win over New Canaan in the FCIAC semifinals on Monday. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

The stage is set for the FCIAC boys and girls soccer finals.

The fourth-seeded Staples Wreckers and second-seeded Warde Mustangs both earned trips to the girls title game with shutout wins in the semifinals Monday at Kristine Lilly Field in Wilton.

Staples netted three goals during the first 20 minutes of the second half and defeated New Canaan, 4-0; while Warde received a goal from Viriginie Larouche and made it stand up in a 1-0 win over Ridgefield.

In the boys semis at Ludlowe’s Taft Field, Greenwich’s Nick Bartels scored the tying and winning goals as the No. 3 Cards defeated No. 7 Staples, 3-2. In the late game, Ludlowe (15-0-3) remained perfect this season with a 3-0 shutout of the fourth-seeded Norwalk Bears.

The championship games will be held as a doubleheader Wednesday at Norwalk High School, with the girls’ game starting at 4:30, and the boys’ game beginning at 7.

Here are some story links from Monday’s semifinals.

• Greenwich boys soccer returns to FCIAC finals with victory over Staples

• Ludlowe boys soccer blanks Norwalk to reach FCIAC final

• Wreckers shut out New Canaan in FCIAC girls soccer semis

• Shaw sparks Staples into finals

• Larouche’s goal lifts Warde girls into FCIAC finals

• Warde tops Ridgefield, 1-0, in FCIAC girls soccer semis

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