Staples opens official season with easy win against Trinity Catholic

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2014 Staples Lady Wreckers

The 2014 Lady Wreckers are 1 – 0 after a 10 – 0 win against Trinity Catholic.  From the opening kickoff, the Wreckers put pressure on the Trinity defense line and goalie. Senior Captain Lauren Garcia started off the scoring when Sophomore Tia Zajec advanced the ball up the right side and delivered a good cross into the box. Garcia’s one touch shot put the Wreckers up 1-0 in the 3rd minute.  Two minutes later Senior Chloe Rosenfield scored the second goal after taking a pass from Garcia and used her left foot to find the net.  Staples starting defensive line of Senior Captain Megan Root, Junior Captain Kate Lesh, Freshman Anne Amacker and Freshman Sally McGee kept Trinity Catholic from advancing any ball past the midfield. Goalie Mary Benewitz didn’t face a shot on goal the entire first half. She did clear a few ball on her 18 and the defense used her to work the ball out of the back to start the attack. In the 15th minute, Sophomore Charlotte Rossi made it 3-0 off her right foot after taking a pass from Garcia and finding the lower right corner.  Garcia picked her

Senior Capt Maggie Walsh

Senior Capt Maggie Walsh

second of four goals on the day the same way she scored the first. Zajec again crossed the ball into the box finding Garcia who deflected it to the near post putting the Wreckers up 4-0. On the kickoff, Junior Lydia Shaw picked up a loose ball near midfield and dribbled thru the defense, but her shot floated over the goal. Garcia netted her 3rd goal of the half when the ensuing goal kick was booted around the box. Garcia completed her first half hat trick with firm shot to the upper corner making it 5-0 lead in the 20th minute.  Head Coach Barry Beattie subbed out a few of his starters and inserted Junior Addy Fowle and Sophomores Eve Korus and Ivy Prince in the mid field. He also inserted Juniors Anne Gau and Emma Finn on defense.  Junior Brynly Marsh took over at forward to complete the substitutions for the half.  Fowle joined the scoring shortly after being subbed when Zajec  (now playing on the left side) crossed the ball to Fowle who made strong run up the middle making it 6-0.  Senior Captain Maggie Walsh made it 7-0 minutes later when she beat the Trinity midfield up the middle and then maneuvered thru the defense.  The Trinity goalie had very little chance of stopping the bullet to the lower corner. Marsh ended the first half scoring when she stole the ball at the Trinity 18 and calmly beat the goalie to the upper right corner of the net.

Junior Cap Kate Lesch

Junior Cap Kate Lesch

With Staples leading 8-0 at half, Coach Beattie ordered his troops to pass more and possess the ball in the second half.  After Staples gained control of the second half kickoff and strung together a series of passes that included using the defense, Senior Captain Megan Root brought the ball up and found Garcia in the middle. Garcia deflected the pass from Root off the right post and into the net making it a 9-0 lead.   Again Coach Beattie sat his starters early in the half.  This gave him the opportunity to play Junior Alyssa Perry, who was recently added to the roster.  With two of his starters from last year, Junior Elizabeth Mitas and Sophomore Morgan McWhirter, still on the mend, Staples needed additional help on the d-line.  In addition to giving minutes to his up and coming players, Beattie played Freshman Anna Sivinski the entire second half. He feels he has found his goalie of the future in the young aggressive goalie.

Staples ended the scoring midway thru the second half, when Lydia Shaw was the recipient of string of passes that ended when Junior Capt. Kate Lesch crossed the ball into the box.  Shaw waited at the far post and finished well passed the goalie to make it a 10-0 lead.  The game ended with Staples linking passes and controlling the ball from one side of the field to the other and showed that it has a strong starting line-up and a solid bench capable of controlling play.

The real test comes Friday when the Lady Wrecker will face perennial power Trumbull in their home opener at 4pm.  See you at Leoffler Field on Friday.


Varsity Blue/White Scrimmage and WSA Meet the Players Day

Staples Varsity and JV scrimmage.      Click Here for photos.

During halftime, WSA players were able to meet the players and take some pictures.

WSA and Staples Girls Soccer Players

WSA and Staples Girls Soccer Players

WestportNews-Staples fall preview: Girls soccer team could be FCIAC sleeper


Senior Cap Lauren Garcia

Bouyed by a 5-0 preseason that included a 4-2 win over perennial state contender Pomperaug, the Staples girls soccer team is brimming with confidence ahead of the new season.

The real season begins Sept. 10 at Trinity Catholic, but the Wreckers are ready to spring a surprise and contend in the FCIAC that features a host of contenders.

“That was the ideal preseason for us to win all our games,” senior defender Megan Root said. “There are things that we’re still working on but we are optimistic about the season. We’re setting ourselves goals and we’re hoping to get there.”

Soph Tia Zajec

Soph Tia Zajec

The Wreckers had five freshman starters at times during an 8-9 season and enter the fall with a blend of youth and experience. Root, a four-year starter, will anchor the defense along with junior captainKate Lesch.

“Conceding as few goals as possible is always going to be important,” Root said. “We want to take the pressure off our offense. … When you’re playing defense against a (a top team), you have to play as a team; one-on-one isn’t going to work. Being coordinated at the back and providing support to the offense as much as possible is important.”

The Wreckers will be led by Barry Beattie, who served as an assistant to previous head coach Heather Driscoll for two seasons. Though stability doesn’t guarantee anything, it’s a welcome change as Beattie becomes the third coach in four seasons.

“It was definitely good to hear that we were going to have some continuity,” Root said. “This is my third coach in four years of high school; to have someone I already knew helped a little bit.”

Emily Snow and Mary Bennewitz will be between the pipes and both have extensive varsity experience. Anna Sivinski will get a look when the two seniors aren’t available.

Soph Charlotte Rossi

Soph Charlotte Rossi

“Mary is a great shot stopper, we just have to bring out the confidence a little bit more,” Beattie said. “Emily Snow done a lot of work over the summer working on her game; we have 3 very good goalkeepers.”

Maggie Walsh (Fairfield University) and Lauren Garcia (Seton Hall) are a pair of seniors headed to Division I schools that will operate in midfield for the Wreckers this fall. Sophomores Charlotte Rossiand Lydia Shaw could form a devastating duo up front for Staples, which struggled to score goals against the tougher defenses a year ago.

Beattie is setting a goal of qualifying for the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments despite being optimistic that there is serious potential in the team. The Wreckers last qualified for the FCIAC playoffs in 2010.

“We set our target, then possibly we might change it during the season,” Beattie said. Beattie also wants to establish a winning culture within the side, and he believes that can begin this year.

“In my opinion Staples has always had the players; we just didn’t have the full belief we can beat the top teams,” Beattie said. “We’ve always competed with the top teams; we’ve just never got across the line. This year that confidence can help the team through.”

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Published 12:21 pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014