Staples at Wethersfield Jamboree (scrimmages)

For 7 years, Staples has been honored to participate in Wethersfield’s annual jamboree honoring Eagle and Wrecker players lost on 9/11.  The 4-team event is always special:  a great cause, solid soccer, 1 final preparation before the FCIAC season begins, and wonderful food at the end.

Staples has sometimes played well at Wethersfield; sometimes not.  Today they turned in 3 strong performances.  They got better game by game — and they did it without 5 starters (2 injuries; 3 taking ACT tests).  A 6th starter sat out the final 2 matches, after a shoulder injury.

The 1st 30-minute match saw Staples and Kingswood-Oxford draw 0-0.  The Westporters could not capitalize on 10 corner kicks, while keeper Michael McCarthy contributed a superb save against the run of play.

Mikey Scott (shown in action last year) has quite the throw-in.

Mikey Scott (shown in action last year) has quite the throw.

The Wreckers then edged host Wethersfield 1-0.  The goal came with just 1:11 to play.  Luke Yeager flicked on Mikey Scott’s long free kick; Greg Gudis was there to knock it in.  The match was crisply played on the Cottone Field turf.

The final game was a 3-0 win over Enrico Fermi High School-Enfield.  Freshman keeper James Hickok’s outlet to Brendan Lesch unleashed a coast-to-coast run, capped off with a strong strike.  Justin Hawrysh nailed the next 2 goals — 1 off a Scott throw, the other unassisted.

“We always appreciate Wethersfield’s great hospitality,” said head coach Dan Woog.  “This is one of our annual pre-season highlights.  Now we turn our attention to Westhill” (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Loeffler Field).

“We’ve had a good few days of training,” he added.  “Today we took a couple of steps forward.  But all that means nothing.  Every team is now 0-0-0.  It’s up to us to start changing that on Tuesday.”

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