Staples vs. Bassick

The Wreckers registered another first today:  a match at Went Field.

Bassick’s home field is now a nice park, hard by the railroad tracks and I-95.  It’s small, but the grass was in good shape (despite today’s rain).  And though the Lions were out of contention for an FCIAC playoff berth in this final regular season encounter — and their small numbers have been hit with injuries — they are much improved over Bassick teams of previous years.

Staples scored 1st, in the 17th minute.  Brendan Lesch hit Lorenz Esposito; his shot rebounded out, to a perfectly positioned Court Lake.

Greg Gudis made it 2-0 just 2 minutes into the 2nd half.  He picked up a loose ball near midfield, then fired a cannon shot over the keeper.

The Wreckers rested their starters, in preparation for Friday’s FCIAC quarterfinal match (3 p.m., home, against an opponent still to be determined).  They showed strongly — with keeper Connor Walsh making a superb diving save — and in the final 5 minutes, 3 goals were scored.

Two were by Staples.  Harry Birch headed in Dylan Hoy’s corner kick, and Taylor McNair’s fine feed found Max Hoberman for a simple slot.

Bassick’s tally, by Nick Whyte, was sandwiched in between those tallies.  Final score:  Staples 4, Bassick 1.  Final regular season record:  13-2-1.

QUICK KICKS: Trumbull hosts Darien tonight (7 p.m.).  The result of that match will determine Friday’s FCIAC quarterfinal foe….

Dylan Evans made his 1st appearance of the season, following a knee injury….

The junior varsity shut out Bassick 2-0.  Jon Denowitz netted both goals, off assists from Terence Gibbons and Jay Kaplan.  Coach Danny Dias ended his inaugural season as Wrecker JV coach with a fine 12-1-1 record.

Lorenz Esposito fires a weird-looking but effective shot against Bassick. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Dylan Evans looked very effective in his season debut against Bassick. (Photo by Carl McNair)

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