Published on November 19th, 2019 | by Staples Soccer0
Greenwich, Wilton Reach LL, L State Finals
Two FCIAC teams will contest for state championships this Saturday.
Unfortunately, Trumbull is not one of them.
The Eagles — who edged Staples on penalty kicks in Friday’s state tournament “LL” (extra large schools) quarterfinal — fell to Hall-West Hartford last night. Trumbull went behind 3-0, rallied to 3-2, but surrendered 2 late goals while pushing forward for the equalizer.
Hall faces Greenwich for the state crown, at a time and site to be determined. The Cardinals snagged an early lead against Farmington, then forged in front 3-0. But they had to withstand a furious surge by the upstaters, before prevailing 3-2.
This is Greenwich’s first appearance in the state final, and only 3rd overall. Their most recent was 41 years ago, in 1978. Their opponent that day was Staples. Tied 2-2 on New Canaan’s muddy Conner Field, sophomore keeper Bob Simonton kept his side in contention with a spectacular, instinctive, late-in-regulation-time save. Neither team scored in sudden-death overtime — until, with just 11 seconds left before being declared co-champions, Jeff Kates fed Tod Barrett for a final attack. His low, hard goal was one of the most dramatic in Staples history.
Greenwich’s first — and only — state championship came in 1961.
Meanwhile, in the class L semifinal, Wilton and Wethersfield tied 1-1. They went to penalty kicks, where the Warriors prevailed 4-2.
The other L semi went to PKs too. Daniel Hand-Madison played Guilford for the 4th time this year. They drew 0-0 in their 2 regular season meetings; then Guilford won 1-0, in the league semifinal.
Hand avenged that defeat, winning 4-3 on kicks after overtime ended 2-1. They’re shooting for their 4th consecutive L crown.
Staples’ record against the finalists is strong. The Wreckers beat Greenwich 1-0 in the regular season, and tied Wilton 1-1. They played Wethersfield too, in preseason. That match ended 1-1.