Published on September 1st, 2018 | by Staples Soccer0
Wreckers Go 1-1-1 In Wethersfield
For 16 years, the Winton, Keane, Bittner Memorial Tournament has been a highlight of Staples’ pre-season.
The Wreckers honor the memory of the 3 former Wethersfield High School soccer players killed on 9/11 — and of Staples’ own Scott Coleman, also lost on that tragic day.
When the moving ceremony is over, the focus switches to the present. Competition is solid, and the format of 3 matches, each 30 minutes, against a variety of opponents offers a great way to test lineups, combinations and tactics.
Staples opened with a weak performance against Kingswood Oxford. The prep school scored after a series of poor defensive decisions and touches. The Wreckers looked disorganized and uninspired all over the field.
The 2nd game, against host and perennial class L state title contender Wethersfield, was better. The Eagles tallied early, off a well-taken free kick. But Staples knotted the score when Wilson Daniels toe-flicked in Patricio Perez Elorza’s line drive corner kick.
The final match — versus frequent class M state champion Tolland — was the Westporters’ best of the day. They followed their game plan, played quickly and with purpose, and were rewarded with 2 goals. Perez Elorza tucked in a pass from Daniels; then Daniels finished off a nice feed from Josh DeDomenico. The Wreckers rested several players in that match, including the keeper. Nick DiMasi filled in ably in the nets.
Staples’ final preseason on Monday. Their traditional Labor Day game against Martin Luther King High — winner of 17 New York City championships in the past 20 years — is set for Manhattan’s Riverside Park (Riverside Drive and 107th Street). Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.