Staples vs. Amity (State tournament quarterfinals)

Last Friday, the Wreckers were physically and mentally exhausted.  The previous day’s penalty kick win over Newtown took a lot out of them.

They used Saturday to rejuvenate.  A Sunday training session got them back in the groove.  This afternoon — a warm, sunny, perfect-state-tournament fall day — they were ready to begin anew.

Amity and Staples shared the same regular season record.  The Spartans were ranked #4 on a coin flip, so the #5 Westporters took a scenic ride north of New Haven.

Amity’s field is large — longer and wider even than Loeffler Field.  It was muddy from recent rains, and sloped downward in both penalty areas.  But the Wreckers like big spaces, and from the opening whistle they used it well.

Just 3 minutes into the match, Greg Gudis took a short corner.  Mike White launched a cross into into the area.  It bounced around — and in, for a stunning early lead.

The Wreckers pressed the attack.  In the 9th minute White laced another ball; it was saved superbly by Stephen Sasso.

Gudis, White, and midfielders Brendan Lesch, Alan Reiter, Drew McNair and Mikey Scott were combining nicely.  Staples stepped up well, so much of the game was played in the offensive half.

In the 24th minute a corner kick created an excellent chance.  Amity knocked it away for another corner.  White took this one; there was a scrum in the box, and Mikey Fitzgerald finished.

Two minutes later Sasso outdid his earlier save, coming up big when a rocket by Reiter took a wicked bounce.

The blue-and-whites kept pounding.  Sasso saved again, this time off another Staples corner.

But the big story was the Wrecker defense.  Keeper Michael McCarthy was tested seldom, thanks to the teamwork of Fitzgerald, Jack Hennessy, Frankie Bergonzi and Sean Gallagher.  They tracked back when necessary, moved up together, and almost never let anyone through.  The midfielders and forwards also defended strongly.

The halftime talk centered on the need to drive the nail into Amity’s coffin — exactly what Staples did not do against Newtown.  But no reminder was necessary.  The Westporters took that lesson to heart.  There not only was no letup in the 2nd half — the Wreckers got even stronger.

Gudis added a 3rd tally 12 minutes after intermission, with a goal that typified both defense and offense.  He won a loose ball near midfield, then tore 60 yard upfield on a classic breakaway.  He outran his defender; kept both the ball and his cool; drew Sasso out, then deposited the ball in the back of the net.

Jake Krosse did a fine job at midfield, spelling both Scott and McNair.  Matteo Marzoli performed excellently at midfield and up top.  Dylan Evans and Court Lake came off the bench to help nail down the shutout.  And Alex Tonsberg — like Evans, a sophomore — nearly scored in the final minute.

Head coach Dan Woog said, “Newtown was a near-death experience, in soccer terms.  We talked a lot about what having a new lease on life does — it makes you appreciate all the good things you have.  Our guys definitely appreciated everything about today’s match — the chance to play, to have a great time with their friends, to make the most of their opportunities.  What a great tribute to them.”

The victory advances Staples into the state “LL” semifinals, for the 4th time in 6 years.  The Wreckers face #1 Glastonbury on Wednesday, at a site and time to be determined.  The unbeaten Tomahawks shut out Southington 3-0 this afternoon.

It should be a great rematch.  Last year in the semifinals, Glastonbury scored 2 goals in the final 8 minutes, winning 2-1 and knocking the Wreckers out of the state tournament. Final score:  Staples 3, Amity 0.  Season record:  20-2.

QUICK KICKS: The Wreckers outshot the Spartans 19-5, and led in corner kicks 5-2….

Amity played the final minutes 2 men down, after receiving a pair of red cards.

The pictures on the home page of StaplesSoccer.com show the start and end of Mikey Fitzgerald's goal against Amity -- the one that made the score 2-0. Here Mikey Scott seems ready to pounce... (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and Mikey Scott continues to press the attack... (Phot by Lisa Krosse)

...but Mikey Fitzgerald decides to finish it off... (Photo by Lisa Krosse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and he celebrates appropriately. (Photo by Carl McNair)

"G" -- Staples' awesome trainer -- is definitely pregnant. Her due date is -- tomorrow. No kidding. (Photo by Carl McNair)

40 responses to “Staples vs. Amity (State tournament quarterfinals)

  1. Way to bounce back. Now do me a favor and win the next one so I can be there for the finals. This is the year boys.

  2. Deja vu! 2008 repeat semifinals. except this time will be different. make class of 09 proud boys

  3. ^^ I agree with english, staples soccer deserves all the success going for them, mike white and alan are truely remarkable players, and not forget jack chief hennessy a true lion at the back

  4. Staples has lived through the pain, their hunger for success is stronger then previous years and they will go all out, fingers crossed, lil bit of english makes valid points i agree with all of them

    go wreckers

  5. staples better make it!

  6. S-T-A-P-L-E-S

    gooooo wrekcers

  7. Shout out from mexico

  8. Great win today guys! Fantastic all around game, the best I’ve seen you play this year. Keep up the intensity and good luck on Wednesday.

  9. This is The Real Sanders…so you can stop posting trying to be me and Jairo

  10. the team is creative and all the seniors are really playing with intensity

    glastonbury look out staples is gunning for all championships this year, clean sweep

    staples pride is ever pressent, they will win everything woooo go wreckers

  11. the team is successful and will win

  12. gooooooo wreckers, wreck the competition

  13. The team is determined and nothing will stop in their way

  14. the team is intergalactic and from a another universe

  15. The team is the most talented in all of asia, europe, africa and north america,

    i bet if this team competed in a world cup against david beckham, zidane, ronaldo, messi and torres they would win they are JUST THAT GOOD, SIMPLY A-MAZING

  16. it aint over till the fat lady sings, staples just needs to fight with intensity and the results will come

  17. Read me im irish,

    as opposed to kiss me im irish,

    haha you read it didnt you^^^^^

    enough jokes though, this behavior is becoming droll, now we must discuss the topic of staples winning a championship which is 100% determination and success will come upon them

  18. This is outrageous why would you copy my name mate^^^ Jairo you sly guy

    anyways raaaa raaaaa staples give it to em boys

  19. As opposed to rise and shine it says read and smile golly funny jokes have never been apart of my charachteristics

    so long as staples wins we will all be laughing ehh??

  20. NO LIFE, NO MIC, JUST A DREAM, A DREAM OF BEING FAMOUS OF BEING GRACIOUS IM SPITTING WITH GRADES SO LOW, I SHOULDNT BE IN HIGH SCHOOL LET ALONE SHOW UP TO SCHOOL HIGH, SO I STUDY HARD AND PARTY HARDER KNOWING FULL WELL THAT MY MIND AND BODY AND SOUL WILL TAKE ME TO A PLACE SO FAR ABOVE-LOEFFLER FIELD A FIELD FIT FOR A KING AS A SET MY SIGHTS PERCHED UP HIGH IN THE SKY CHANTING STAPLES FOR CREATIVITY THE STAPLES HOOTERS AND HOLLERS WE ARE STAPLES THE SUPERFANS

  21. PEOPLE MAKE A FUSS READING THIS STUFF, WANTING TO CUSS, LOUD AS AMOTOR BIKE BUT WOULD NEVER BUST A GRAPE IN A FOOD FIGHT

    MY STYLE IS CONTAGIOUS, MY RYMES ARE BODACIOUS MY LIES ARE FLAGRANT, MY EYES ARE PLAGUED WITH THE HOPE AND JOY OF A MILLION PEOPLE CHANTING FOR STAPLES TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP GO HARD OR GO HOME

  22. WERE GOING TO DISNEYLAND

  23. STAPLES HAS GOT GRIT

  24. STAPLES HAS GOT A TEAM BUILT ON TEAMWORK

  25. HOW YOU BEEN MATE? TEARING THINGS UP AS USUAL , MANY WISHES FROM THE UK,

    WISH YOU ALL CONTINUED SUCCESS

  26. THE TEAM IS THE BEST IN ITS 51 YEAR TRADITION

  27. THE TEAM IS INCREDIBLE OUTSTANDING ON ALL ENDS OF THE FIELD

  28. PURE SOCCER=SAPLES

    *STAPLES

  29. I AGREE COMPLETELY! THIS TEAM IS, AS YOU GUYS PUT IT, DIRT MCGIRT. I LOVE THIS TEAM. THEY HAVE POWER, HEART, HUSTLE, AND SOUL.

  30. Victoria Dlamini-Dailey

    Great win, that’s the way to go STAPLES. Let’s win the next game.

  31. just remember what staples team is undefeated

  32. #11 COULDNT EVEN MULTITASK PASS SHOOT MISS, STANDS AND DOESNT RUN

    DRIBBLE FEINT, STUFFED, YET HE DOESNT RUN,

    HEADER, MISTAKE WATCH, STILL DOESNT RUN,

    YELLS SCREAMS SHOUTS, STILL DOESNT RUN

    SUB OUT, RUNS FULL SPRINT OUT OF BOUNDS,

  33. Will the semifinals game be on WWPT?

    Any chance we can hook up the video camera to Ustream? I know they can live stream video on that website, just not sure how to set it up

    • Still working on WWPT – they may not have people there who can set up the remote stuff.

      Not sure of the video stream either. I’ll post something if we can do it.

  34. This team is ruthless, lets see if they can finally get that championship that is avoiding Staples this past decade. My money is on them pulling through.

  35. Did they win?

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