Staples vs. Darien

Last year Darien shocked Staples 1-0, on the victors’ turf. The Blue Wave went on to record one of their best seasons ever.

They’re a young squad this fall — as is Staples. Both teams suffered 1-goal losses to Ridgefield and Wilton. On Monday, the Wavers fell 2-1 to then-undefeated New Canaan. (The Rams lost 2-1 to Wilton today.)

This afternoon’s match was moved to Wakeman Field — only the 2nd time the Wreckers have played an official home match there — where Staples started out less sharp than against Greenwich, 2 days ago.

But they got a spark in the 12th minute. Joe Greenwald’s shot rebounded out to Joe Pravder. He fed Jordan McNair, who took another rip. The ball bounced around a while, before Ethan Bradeen banged it in.

Seven minutes later Greenwald ran onto a loose ball, just beyond midfield. With the keeper way out, the Wrecker co-captain curled it around him, just inside the far post.

Five minutes after that, it was 3-0. Connor Weiler slotted a ball from the corner; Andrew Puchala was there to finish cleanly.

The Wave got 1 back a minute after halftime, with a shot from distance that clanged off the inside of the left post.

But Bradeen re-upped the margin to 3 in the 60th minute. His shot — assisted by Weiler — came in another goalmouth scramble.

The Westporters got solid contributions from Charlie Leonard, Sam Koenig, Matt Liebergall, Patrick Beusse, Michael Re-d, George Kokallis and Jon Denowitz over the final 20 minutes. Freshman keeper Noah Schwaeber — making his varsity debut — recorded 2 saves.  FINAL SCORE:  Staples 4, Darien 1.  SEASON RECORD:  5-3-1. 

QUICK KICKS:  Bradeen’s 2 goals, and Puchala’s 1, means that defenders accounted for 75% of the Wreckers’ scores…

Todd Champagne ’94 — co-captain of the 1993 state championship team — was at today’s match. He lives in California, and was en route to Vermont, where he’ll see former teammate Brian Burns ’94….

The freshmen shut out Darien 2-0. Carl Amacker and Chase Gornbein netted the goals.

Noah Bender makes it look easy. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Matt Liebergall moves upfield, against Darien. (Photo by Carl McNair)

One response to “Staples vs. Darien

  1. Great job boys. Keep it up!

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