Due to a quirk of scheduling, Staples and Trinity Catholic had not met since 2006. Kurt Dasbach — in his 7th year on the coaching staff — had never seen the Crusaders’ narrow field.
The hosts were coming off a very tough 2-1 defeat to Westhill on Monday. But the Wreckers opened the scoring at 3:24. Mike Scott sent Jake Malowitz forward on 1 of the 1st left-side overlaps of the year. The defender earned his 1st assist, feeding Lorenz Esposito for a nice header.
Four more goals came in quick succession:
- 6:50 Scott laid off to Brendan Lesch. His toe-poke was stopped, but Greg Gudis rammed home the rebound.
- 11:09 Gudis’ shot was blocked, but Lesch was right there to blast that rebound in.
- 18:30 Lesch slammed a great shot; Gudis followed, and Court Lake pounced on the rebound.
- 20:00 Lesch made it 5-0.
All 10 field players who started were off the field by the 25th minute.
Nine minutes into the 2nd half Dylan Hoy sent AJ Green in, for a far corner rip.
Trinity’s Donovan McIntosh made it 6-1 in the 64th minute off a free kick — their lone shot of the day — but Taylor McNair got it back 4 minutes from time. Alex Tonsberg set up his junior classmate.
Steve Smith, Lars Aanestad, Will Meinke, Ben Root, Harry Birch and Ryan Armour all looked strong too, in extended stints. Final score: Staples 7, Trinity Catholic 1. Season record: 8-2-1.
QUICK KICKS: The Wreckers’ next match should be a great one. Undefeated (and defending state class L) champion Brookfield comes to town Saturday (3 p.m.). , for the 3rd-ever meeting in this excellent new rivalry. The upstaters won 3-1 last year; Staples took the 1st game of the series 3-0….
Kyle Hoberman’s goal helped the junior varsity nip Ridgefield 1-0.