Staples vs. Central

Central received good news earlier today:  Westhill forfeited 2 games (ineligible player), and 1 was to the Hilltoppers.  That raised the Bridgeporters’ record to 9-2-3.

More good news came for both squads just before tonight’s match.  The day-long rains ended, and though the Kennedy Stadium surface was far from ideal — the soggy yet slick surface caused balls to skip and players to slide — it was not the enormous puddle it had been during this afternoon’s JV game.

Central celebrated their seniors just prior to the match (and added a very classy moment of silence for Staples’ Preston Hirten too).

Just 3:28 into the game, 1 of those seniors — all-stater Reco McLaren — raced through the defense and finished strongly.  As against Brookfield, the Wreckers were in an early hole.

Unlike Brookfield, Staples regrouped strongly.  Alan Reiter’s 8th-minute header off a corner kick sailed just high.  Three straight corner kicks midway through the period also led to great chances.

But the Hilltoppers were dangerous too.  Michael McCarthy came up with a great save in the 14th minute.

And then, just before halftime — just like in Brookfield — the home side scored again.  It was McLaren again, lacing a shot that skipped through.

Down 2-0, the Wreckers tried gamely to recover.  But Central’s defense hung tough.  And when the final horn sounded — signaling the end of both the game and the FCIAC regular season — it was a night for all the Hilltoppers to celebrate.

Meanwhile, Staples gets ready for the FCIAC tournament.  The quarterfinals Friday pit the #1 seeded Wreckers against #8 Westhill.  Despite their forfeits, the Vikings snuck in on the final day, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe.  Final score:  Central 2, Staples 0.  FCIAC final record:  14-1-0.  Overall:  14-2-0.

QUICK KICKS: Despite the loss, Staples’ record was the best in the FCIAC regular season.  They earn the Ralph King Cup — given to the team with the best regular season mark — for the 2nd consecutive time, 3rd in 4 years, and 4th since the award was established in 2000….

Staples led in shots, 16-11, and corner kicks, 11-1….

The junior varsity beat Central 3-1, on goals by Steve Smith (penalty kick), George Birch and Aaron Liu (his 1st of the year).  Congratulations to Ross McGibney’s squad, for their stellar 13-0-1 season.

Brendan Lesch

It was water, water everywhere for Brendan Lesch and Central. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Brendan Lesch

Brendan Lesch's scoring attempt went just wide. Also in the play: Alan Reiter, Mikey Fitzgerald and Sean Gallagher. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Mikey Fitzgerald

Mikey Fitzgerald's header also just misses. (Photo by Carl McNair)

9 responses to “Staples vs. Central

  1. Aaron Liu, you my boy. JV way to finish strong

  2. Victoria Dlamini-Dailey

    JV way to go.

  3. always excuses..
    against brookfield it was their size
    and against central it was the weather

    start thinking of an excuse for friday

  4. yeah cuz westhil is gonna wreck staples

  5. Anonymous seems like a winner. Congrats on your fantastic regular season, Dan! A tough loss, but that happens in soccer all the time. FCIAC’s and State’s coming up are what it’s all about anyway.

  6. anonymous is genious, if only he wouldnt be so anonymous and id give him a proper praise. That boy has hit the nail on the head, excuses don’t win you championships. No one cares whos got the best record, people only care about the trophies in the cabinet at the end of the season. Staples should be gunning for all of them. If they fail to loose them all that would be the biggest upset of all time.

  7. Central really proved that they worked hard and have a lot of heart this season with the win yesterday. I know the conditions were unfavorable but it was our first time playing at Kennedy Stadium in those conditions as well as Staples. Now we have a load of confidence going into FCIACs tomorrow.

  8. two losses on the season is tremendous
    great job guys

  9. Best of luck in the postseason!

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