Five Staples soccer players will be spending July 4th in West Virginia.
The quintet — U-17s Brendan Lesch and Alan Reiter, and U-14s Aaron Liu, Jake Malowitz and Taylor McNair — won Connecticut Junior Soccer Association state cup championships this morning. Playing on adjacent fields at Newington High School, the Wreckers helped their Beachside Soccer Club sides down FSA.
The U-17s pulled away from a 1-1 halftime tie to win going away, 4-1. Reiter controlled central midfield, while Lesch locked down the central defense.
The U-14s rode an early goal to a 1-0 victory — their 2nd straight state crown. The 3 Stapleites all play defense — and allowed 0 goals this year in state cup play.
The U-18s fell 2-1 to FSA, denying keeper Adam Liu a trip to the regional tournament in West Virginia.
But Beachside’s 4th state cup finalist, the U-12s, struck gold — 2-0 over Oakwood. Four possible future Wreckers play on that squad: Griffen Garner, Jordan McNair, John Osorio and Kyle Zajek. The U-12s were undefeated in Connecticut competition this year, outscoring the opposition 58-1.
Good luck to all in regional competition — and congratulations to Beachside on a fine showing!