Staples vs. Westhill

Opening day saw a large, enthusiastic crowd jam Loeffler Field.  The sun was hot, and play was — as usual in the 1st game — ragged.

The Wreckers were prepared for the Viking’s 3-man front line — and offensively threatened 1st.  Mikey Scott’s corner kick was cleared off the line twice:  once on Brendan Lesch’s diving header, the 2nd time on Alan Reiter’s rebound.

In the 10th minute Sean Gallagher drove into the corner and earned a corner kick.  Scott took it; it was dummied, then kicked out to Gallagher, who hit Greg Gudis.  Gudis struck it home — for his 3rd 1st-goal-of-the-season in 3 years.

Central defender Mikey Fitzgerald nearly connected twice, but the half ended 1-0.

The Wreckers, adding a 2nd attacker, had a bit more offense in the 2nd 40.  With 8 minutes to go Lesch fed Mike White; he scored through the keeper’s legs.

The 3rd tally came with 1:30 remaining.  Andrew McNair — moved up to midfield from outside back — found Fitzgerald, for a hard, true header.

Final score:  Staples 3, Westhill 0.  Season record:  1-0-0.

QUICK KICKS: Staples’ starting lineup included seniors Michael McCarthy, Jack Hennessy, Andrew McNair, Mikey Fitzgerald and Alan Reiter, and juniors Jake Krosse, Steven Denowitz, Mikey Scott, Brendan Lesch and Sean Gallagher…

Westhill’s new coach, Joe Andrews, is the Vikings’ 3rd head coach in 3 years.  “This is a very solid Westhill team,” said Staples coach Dan Woog.  “They will do plenty of damage in the FCIAC.”…

Staples outshot Westhill 21-5, and led 6-1 in corner kicks….

The junior varsity shut out Westhill 4-0.  Spencer Adler got the 1st goal; Steve Smith netted the next 2, on a free kick and goal corner kick; then Max Hoberman finished the scoring.  Coach Ross McGibney cited Ryan Armour for his outstanding defense….

The freshmen opened with a 3-0 victory at Westhill.  Dylan Hoy, Harry Birch and Greg Salamone scored; Jeff Krieger played solidly in the middle.

Jake Krosse and Luke Yeager sandwich a Westhill Viking. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Jake Krosse and Luke Yeager sandwich a Westhill Viking. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Alan Reiter weaves his way upfield. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Alan Reiter weaves his way upfield. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Inspired by the baseball diamond behind him, keeper Michael McCarthy outlets quickly and strongly against Westhill. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Inspired by the baseball diamond behind him, keeper Michael McCarthy outlets quickly and strongly against Westhill. (Photo by Carl McNair)

A portion of the large opening day crowd at Loeffler Field (Photo by Carl McNair)

A portion of the large opening day crowd at Loeffler Field (Photo by Carl McNair)

Sean Gallagher muscles his way past a horde of Westhill Vikings.  (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Sean Gallagher muscles his way past a horde of Westhill Vikings. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Hard to believe, but Brendan Lesch's diving header was cleared off the line by a Viking defender.  (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

Hard to believe, but Brendan Lesch's diving header was cleared off the line by a Viking defender. (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

10 responses to “Staples vs. Westhill

  1. First off I’d like to commend all three teams- the WRECKERS are back in action!!!

    After watching the first varsity game from the terrace, I’m sure this year’s team is in for a Kingda Ka-like roller coast. It’s gonna be a helluva ride so wreckers players and fans-check your air bags and strap in!

    One thing I noticed…there can be no more yellow cards. I saw how they piled up last year, and after seeing another unfortunate card today I must say I’m disappointed. Discipline is a virtue.

    With that, Wreckers- heed well. For the future will be even better.

    Tristan

  2. Tristan, you’re too good with words. I LOVE the roller coaster metaphor.

    Wreckers – all I can say is the first game does not say ANYTHING about the rest of the season. Do not let this win let your egos fly up into the skies.

    Adding on to Tristan, do not get anymore yellow cards!! I want to travel with the team to victory to States, but too many yellows and my dream and surely all yours will be crushed.

    I was standing in the parking lot overlooking from the terrace because there were so many “superfans”. To see the yellow card given out made me so angry, even if it was a victory in the books.

    Good luck – Maggie

  3. Did Steve Smith really score on a goal kick?

  4. Nice victory! Andrew Clement, Class of ’93, was at the game. He was texting the game updates to me in Denver 🙂 Did he stop by and say hello to you and the team?

    • Andrew did not stop by, unfortunately — though Charlie Greenlee ’02 did. Alumni should know they have an open invitation to say hello, and pass along their wisdom and best wishes. Staples soccer would not be here without them.

  5. i love the enthusiasm sych… good win boys, now keep this up so i have something to cheer for when i get to a couple games in october

  6. Congrats on the first win of what I hope will be many; as soon as I’m able, I’ll be watching from the top of the hill; good luck at Harding tomorrow and always honor the “S”on your shirts.

  7. Wreckers beware! Harding has three new recruits this year, and after watching their first game, these new players have brought Harding to the status of FCIAC title contender.

    Watch out for #9- a speedy midfielder who I often compare to Landon Donovan

  8. I’d love to see the youtube account updated with some Staples vs. Westhill/Harding highlights. Reading up on the games is great, but nothing compares to seeing them. Hopefully I’ll be around for a game soon though…
    -Jason

  9. We hope to have the highlights up this weekend. Remember, videographer Sam Bender is a high school student — with many other responsibilities! He’s doing an awesome job — and promises video soon.

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