Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by Staples Soccer0
Staples vs. Central (Game Report)
The Hilltoppers arrived at Loeffler Field fresh off a 3-2 win over intra-city rival Bassick. The Wreckers met them with a lineup that included 2 players making their 1st-ever varsity starts: sophomore goalkeeper Ziggy Hallgarten and junior defender Grant Sirlin.
The Staples coaches had their eye on Sirlin during preseason. They like his tenacity, his defensive instincts and his problem-solving ability. But a broken nose suffered in a preseason match at Choate sidelined him for nearly a month.
Intent on playing their trademark possession, spread-out-the-field style of play from start to finish, the Wreckers established themselves early. Michael Reid ran the show from the start at midfield, laying off and switching fields. He got plenty of help from fellow captain Patrick Beusse; together they formed a potent 1-2 combo.
Sirlin looked assured from the outset, joining Kenji Goto, Josh Berman and Gabe Pensak in a cohesive, hard-tackling backfield.
It took just 15 minutes for the blue-and-whites to solve Central’s offside trap-minded defense. Nate Argosh flicked a free kick forward. Daniel Reid picked the ball up in stride, outraced the keeper, then chipped him. The ball caromed gently off the underside of the crossbar, for the sophomore midfielder’s 1st varsity goal.
The 2nd score came less than 3 minutes later. Sirlin drove forward into the corner. He found Daniel Perez Elorza, who was taken down in the box. Graham Gudis stepped up to take the penalty kick, and slammed it home with authority.
Emboldened, the Westporters kicked up their 1- and 2-touch passing. They hemmed the Hilltoppers in for long stretches. In the 35th minute, Aidan Wisher’s solid work in the left corner led to an outlet to Perez Elorza. His perfect slot into the box was finished well by Nate Argosh.
Hallgarten opened the 2nd half with a strong save. Back on the attack, the Wreckers earned a couple of corners. They pounced on loose balls, keeping the pressure up. Argosh pounced on a loose ball, settling matters conclusively.
When Daniel Brill, Luca Cocito and Denzel Robinson went in up top, there was no offensive letup. Sebastian Wick manned the right side of midfield; Sam Kantor and Andres Marmelo handled the center and left nicely, while Shane Dasbach, Jerrett Rende and Shane Dasbach held down the defensive fort. Noah Schwaeber’s late save insured the shutout.
“This was a nice win, and it came at the right time,” said head coach Dan Woog. “It’s something to build on, as we head into a very tough 3 games next week.” Westhill is the 1st opponent, Monday at home (4 p.m.). FINAL SCORE: Staples 4, Central 0. SEASON RECORD: 4-2-2.
QUICK KICKS: The Wreckers wore special breast cancer awareness shirts as they warmed up. Many players sported pink wristbands or ankle tape….
Staples outshot Central 16-5, and led 5-1 in corner kicks….
2013 captain Diego Alanis was at today’s match, and yesterday’s training. He is on a break from his college at the Monterrey Technical Institute in Mexico….
The junior varsity topped Central 1-0, on a great 2nd-half header by Teddy Lawrence. Staples led in shots 25-2, and got excellent defense from Danny Jersey, Rees Chang and Shane Fries. Kenny Brill controlled midfield, while Eric D’Addario and Matt Chernok also looked strong.