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Published on September 26th, 2018 | by Staples Soccer


Match Report: Staples vs. Greenwich

When the Wreckers play their game — possession, passes, balls on the ground — they do well.

When they don’t, they don’t.

Today at Greenwich, they did not. The Cardinals controlled the tempo and style, right from the start. They are primarily an in-the-air team. In the first half they won most of those contests, and the majority of other 50-50 balls.

A tripping penalty kick call gave them an 18th minute lead. A 2nd PK — for a hand ball — doubled the margin in the 35th minute. Keeper Ry Cohen — who had the best game of the day for Staples — guessed right both times, but the shots by Shoki Araki and David Pedreiro were true.

The blue-and-whites amped it up a bit in the 2nd half. Still, they could not solve the hosts’ drop-back defense. Staples’ best chance was from Sam Liles off Matthew Tanzer’s free kick. But keeper Jimmy Johnson was never tested.

It was a disappointing day for the Wreckers. They look to regroup Saturday at 6 p.m., when they take on always-tough Norwalk on the Bears’ turf. Kickoff is 6 p.m. FINAL SCORE: Greenwich 2, Staples 0. SEASON RECORD: 4-2-1.

QUICK KICKS: Alan Fiore staked the reserves to a 1-0 lead. But Greenwich scored 3 unanswered goals, to hand the Wreckers their first loss of the season.

Nick DiMasi gets sandwiched by a trio of Greenwich Cardinals. (Photo/Susan Woog Wagner)


Rob Diorio goes hand-to-hand with Greenwich’s Daniel Bourgeois. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)


Vaughan Sealey gets ready to turn. (Photo/Susan Woog Wagner)



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