Team

VARSITY

Emerson Anvari
Surya Balaji (co-captain)
Carter Bassler
Evan Birns
Reed Caney
Colin Corneck
Josh DeDomenico
Jack Douglas
Lars Djuve
Benny Feuer
Alan Fiore
Jack Foster
Sam Liles (co-captain)
Brendan Lynch
Aidan Mermagen
Sebi Montoulieu
Murilo Moreno
Patricio Perez Elorza
Haydn Siroka
George Smith
Ryan Thomas
Enzo Valadares
Callum Wisher

HEAD COACH: Dan Woog
ASSISTANT COACHES: Kurt Dasbach, Tom Henske

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MEET THE WRECKERS!

EMERSON ANVARI

Year: Senior
Position: MF/F
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: 4:00-4:15
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Bible (Adventure Pop-up Edition)
My Top 5: Staples Soccer Alumni (Coach/Player): 1. Joel Collins 2. Brad Green 3. Drew Halperin 4. Kevin Lindwall 5. Russle Ostlievinsenes
Most underrated class at Staples: AP Studio Art: 3D
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy 2 books for  Russ: “Great Soccer Drills: The Baffled Parents’ Guide,” and “The English Language: A Users’ Guide”
Best dish I can prepare myself: Bread toasted to your preferred crispiness
Most memorable movie line: “I’m a peacock, you gotta let me fly!” “Terry, hate to break it to ya but peacocks don’t fly.” (“The Other Guys”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Westport Elite; Staples ski team
3 words my friends use to describe me: Dad, giraffe, Iniesta
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Be willing to stand up and be an a–hole; game by game: take nothing for granted.

SURYA BALAJI (co-captain)

Year: Junior
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: All the fouls, especially Kyle Martino’s and Sean Gallagher’s slide tackle; also Jim Wolf’s turn
Last books read NOT as a school assignment: Crossing the Line; The Goldfinch
My Top 5: Integers between 1 and 5 (inclusive): 1. 1 2. 2 3. 3 4.4 5. 5
Most underrated class at Staples: Anything with Chi-Ann Lin; absolute scenes
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy a football club, and sign Tanen to be the starting goalkeeper, gaffer, technical director, chief scout, physio, chief executive, kitman and reserve left back
Best dish I can prepare myself: Chocolate milk
Most memorable movie line: “My name is Jordan Belford. The year I turned 26, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off because it was 3 shy of a million a week.” (“The Wolf of Wall Street”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Chelsea FC; Indian national cricket team; Chennai Super Kings
3 words my friends use to describe me: Superstar, hegemonic, mild-mannered
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): No regrets

CARTER BASSLER

Year: Senior
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Brendan Lesch’s bicycle kick from a throw-in
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
My Top 5: Religious texts: 1. The Bible 2. The Vedas 3. The Sutras 4. “Dianetics” by L. Ron Hubbard 5. The Hadith
Most underrated class at Staples: AP Comp Sci
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy Sam growth hormones
Best dish I can prepare myself: Filet mignon with mashed potatoes
Most memorable movie line: “Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?” (“Good Will Hunting”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Aston Villa; Detroit Pistons (Bad Boys)
3 words my friends use to describe me: Really smart
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): React positively to setbacks

SURYA BALAJI (co-captain)

EVAN BIRNS

Year: Senior
Position: F
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The hit stick Staples laid at 4:50 (Djuve-esque)
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Friday Night Lights
My Top 5: Playboi Carti ad libs: 1. Wha 2. Wee 3. Bih 4. Yuh 5. Buh
Most underrated class at Staples: Myth and Bible Honors
If I won the lottery, I would …: fund an investigation to expose the men’s basketball program at Duke University
Best dish I can prepare myself: Hard-boiled eggs
Most memorable movie line: “I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.” (“The Departed”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester City; Team Drip
3 words my friends use to describe me: Intelligent, quirky, dashing
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): No regrets

REED CANEY

Year: Junior
Position: GK
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: “The goals will come.”
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Making of a Navy SEAL
My Top 5: Top 5 Surya Moments: 1. The 8th grade mustache 2. Showing immense respect to Russ by yelling a certain word at him 3. Getting run over by a gym teacher 4. Rear-ending a teammate’s car 5. Confusing the eruption of Pompeii with the erection of Pompeii in elementary school
Most underrated class at Staples: Any class with Eric Mongirdas
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy a fleet of  Volvos
Best dish I can prepare myself: Bagel with cream cheese
Most memorable movie line: “One thing I can promise you is that I never ask my clients to judge me or my winners. I ask them to judge me on my losers because I have so few.” (“The Wolf of Wall Street”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Llanfairpwll FC: the benchwarmers’ baseball team
3 words my friends use to describe me: Aglutenous, well-reed (read), brick
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Game by game; take nothing for granted

COLIN CORNECK

Year: Senior
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The picture of me (15th second, top left)
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: 20 Steps to Better Soccer, by Dan Woog
My Top 5: Free time activities. 1. Golfing 2. Rock climbing 3. Fishing 4. Wakeboarding 5. Studying
Most underrated class at Staples: Latin
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy Haydn some long-sleeve shirts
Best dish I can prepare myself: Homemade pasta with red sauce
Most memorable movie line: “I am McLovin” (Superbad”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester United; New York Yankees
3 words my friends use to describe me: Hardworking, strong-willed, honest
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Leave everything on the field

JOSH DEDOMENICO

Year: Senior
Position: D/MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: “The goals!”
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Wolf of Wall Street
My Top 5: 1. Liverpool 2. Chick-fil-A 3. Chipotle 4. Swimming 5. Jets
Most underrated class at Staples: Darkroom
If I won the lottery, I would …: go on a family vacation
Best dish I can prepare myself: One heck of an omelette
Most memorable movie line: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” (“Talladega Nights”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Liverpool; Giants
3 words my friends use to describe me: Engineer, calm, funny
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Leave it better

JACK DOUGLAS

Year: Junior
Position: MF/D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Sean Gallagher’s slide tackle
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Crossing the Line
My Top 5: 1. When Tanen tackled Siroka 2. Murilo’s TikToks 3. Aleve 4. Interstellar 5. Bermuda
Most underrated class at Staples: East Asian Studies
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy an ACL
Best dish I can prepare myself: Campbell’s soup
Most memorable movie line: “You just cut me real deep, Shrek. You cut me real deep.” (“Shrek”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Liverpool; the Jamaican bobsled team
3 words my friends use to describe me: Injured, fat, responsible
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Control what we can

LARS DJUVE

Year: Senior
Position: D/MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Staples soccer cheerleaders (bring them back)
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Thick by Colin Neenan
My Top 5: TikTokers: 1. Murilo Moreno 2. Murilo Moreno 3. Murilo Moreno 4. Murilo Moreno 5. Murilo Moreno
Most underrated class at Staples: Yoga
If I won the lottery, I would …: fund Murilo’s TikTok career
Best dish I can prepare myself: Pancakes
Most memorable movie line: “If you’re not first, you’re last.” (“Talladega Nights”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Chelsea FC; Connecticut Sun
3 words my friends use to describe me: Saucy, expedatiously, drippy
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Bad boyz

BENNY FEUER

Year: Senior
Position: MF/D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Diving header
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Crossing the Line
My Top 5: Rappers: 1. Jay Z 2. Dr. Dre 3. Eminem 4. Lil Wayne 5. Snoop Dogg
Most underrated class at Staples: Connections
If I won the lottery, I would …: invest in my bank account and wait till after and during college to spend it wisely
Best dish I can prepare myself: Steak
Most memorable movie line: “They call them the Jordan Rules.” (“ESPN 30 For 30: Bad Boys”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Staples soccer; New York Yankees
3 words my friends use to describe me: Competitive, goon, funny
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Not taking on-field criticism personally

ALAN FIORE

Year: Junior
Position: MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: 2:25
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
My Top 5: Places to eat: 1. Hooters 2. Anyone’s mother’s house 3. Staples High School cafeteria 4. Somewhere in the Black Mining Hills of Dakota 5. Side of the Post Road (with Aidan Keaveney)
Most underrated class at Staples: Junior Lifetime
If I won the lottery, I would …: go to Ikea, hide in a closet until someone walks by, jump out and yell “I’m back from Narnia!” with all of the money I’d won in duffel bags
Best dish I can prepare myself: Green eggs and graham crackers
Most memorable movie line: “I’m about to do to you what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late ’90s.” (“Deadpool”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Staples High School boys varsity; Pittsburgh Steelers
3 words my friends use to describe me: Trenchant, comely, Arcadian
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Make lessons of failures

JACK FOSTER

Year: Sophomore
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Bicycle kick
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Ripley’s Believe it or Not
My Top 5: Types of bagels: 1. Plan 2. Rainbow 3. Cinnamon raisin 4. Everything 5. Wheat
Most underrated class at Staples: Tech ed.
If I won the lottery, I would …: get Manchester United season tickets
Best dish I can prepare myself: Toast
Most memorable movie line: “My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (“Forrest Gump”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester United; New York Yankees
3 words my friends use to describe me: Fun, kind, energetic
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Taking the season one game at a time

SAM LILES (co-captain)

Year: Senior
Position: MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Woog mad dawg face
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Crossing the Line
My Top 5: Days: 1. Friday 2. Saturday 3. Sunday 4. Thursday 5. Tuesday
Most underrated class at Staples: Connections
If I won the lottery, I would …: invest in the Hamptons … it’s the new Vineyard Vines
Best dish I can prepare myself: Tater tots
Most memorable movie line: “They called them the Jordan Rules.” (“ESPN 30 For 30: Bad Boys”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Hobart men’s soccer, and wherever Ry ended up after
3 words my friends use to describe me: Short, fat, ugly
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): No stupid bookings

BRENDAN LYNCH

Year: Senior
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: All the hard tackles and fouls
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Into Thin Air
My Top 5: 1. Qdoba 2. Jersey Mike’s 3. Shake Shack 4. Five Guys 5. Planet Pizza
Most underrated class at Staples: Nonfiction with Mr. Young
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy VAR for Loeffler
Best dish I can prepare myself: Cereal with a side of toast
Most memorable movie line: “Honey? Where’s my super suit?” (“The Incredibles”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester United; New York Yankees
3 words my friends use to describe me: Tall, nice, nice hair
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Nothing’s guaranteed

AIDAN MERMAGEN

Year: Sophomore
Position: MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Crazy bicycle kick scored at 1:52
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Rithmatist
My Top 5: All-time Premier League players: 1. Alan Shearer 2. Thierry Henry 3. Steven Gerrard 4. Patrick Viera 5. Sergio Aguero
Most underrated class at Staples: Tech ed. — almost everyone who takes it loves it. More people should take it.
If I won the lottery, I would …: spend a quarter of the money on pretty much anything I felt like; donate a quarter to help Bury FC reform; invest the other half
Best dish I can prepare myself: Omelette
Most memorable movie line: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” (“Star Wars: A New Hope”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Liverpool FC; English cricket
3 words my friends use to describe me: “Intelligent, funny, athletic”
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Never lose 2 games in a row (bounce back)

SEBI MONTOULIEU

Year: Junior
Position: GK
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The turn against Ridgefield as the music drops
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Hunt for Red October
My Top 5: Goalkeepers of all time: 1. Benjamin Tanen 2. Ry Cohen 3. Peter Schmeichel 4. David De Gea 5. Edwin van der Sar
Most underrated class at Staples: Design and Tech
If I won the lottery, I would …: pay for the lads to go to Amsterdam
Best dish I can prepare myself: Grilled chicken sandwich
Most memorable movie line: “And I’d like the McRib to be available year round, but sometimes things don’t work out!” (“Deadpool 2”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester United; Seattle Seahawks
3 words my friends use to describe me: Sarcastic, twiggy, tall
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Have each other’s back on and off the field

 

MURILO MORENO

Year: Sophomore
Position: MF/F
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The energy and inspiration you get from watching that video is crazy
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Charlotte’s Web
My Top 5: 1. Surfing 2. Penne alla vodka 3. Jimitty Smickerson 4. Kurt’s free kicks 5. T’Jon
Most underrated class at Staples: Study skills
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy myself a mansion in Hawaii
Best dish I can prepare myself: Some Kraft
Most memorable movie line: “Chewie we are home.” (“Star Wars”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Corinthians; the Detroit Pistons 1980s basketball team
3 words my friends use to describe me: Speedersons, brownie, Brazilian kid
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Make every day count; play as a family

PATRICIO PEREZ ELORZA

HAYDN SIROKA

Year: Junior
Position: F
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Brendan Lesch’s bicycle — how recent that goal was, how crazy the shot was, and what that team accomplished makes it special
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Unwanteds
My Top 5: NFL QBs right now (after week 2): 1. Mahomes 2. Dak 3. Rogers 4. Wilson 5. Lamar
Most underrated class at Staples: AP Econ — the class seems daunting but it’s not at all, and Shamberg a homie
If I won the lottery, I would …: invest a third, save a third, keep a third for myself
Best dish I can prepare myself: Bagel and peanut butter — it’s fire
Most memorable movie line: “Skol” (“Midsommar”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Chelsea; Dallas Cowboys
3 words my friends use to describe me: Wack, hilarious, hardworking
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): No regrets

GEORGE SMITH

Year: Junior
Position: MF
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The part with Russ
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Bible
My Top 5: Staples soccer nicknames 1. Smittersons 2. Thief 3. T’Jon 4. Zinho 5. Superstar
Most underrated class at Staples: Spanish with the GOAT and Staples superfan Prof Mudie
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy Tom a UNC shirt
Best dish I can prepare myself: Fufu and jollof
Most memorable movie line: “Happy Midsommar” (“Midsommar”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Roger Williams Hawks; UNC basketball
3 words my friends use to describe me: Smitty, Smittersons, Smit
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): To wear tank tops every Thursday

RYAN THOMAS

Year: Sophomore
Position: D
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: The bicycle kick off the throw-in
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: The Perfect Storm
My Top 5: Soccer players of all time: 1. Pele 2. Messi 3. Ronaldo 4. Maradona 5. Ronaldinho
Most underrated class at Staples: Advanced Journalism
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy my own island
Best dish I can prepare myself: Filet mignon
Most memorable movie line: “You’re a wizard, Harry.” (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Manchester United; Philadelphia Flyers
3 words my friends use to describe me: Dedicated, funny, dependable
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): Win FCIACs

ENZO VALADARES

Year: Junior
Position: GK
Best moment from our 60th anniversary highlight video: Minute 4:26
Last book read NOT as a school assignment: Crossing the Line
My Top 5: Haydn Siroka quotes: 1. “If you try to finesse I’ll snake you again.” 2. “Jimmity Schmickerson” 3. “BIRNSIE” 4. “Rat dog.” 5. “Please sign me in at Fresh Green Light.”
Most underrated class at Staples: Anything with Chi-Ann Lin. Banter is always high with her.
If I won the lottery, I would …: buy Smitty a manual Porsche
Best dish I can prepare myself: That gluten-free gas
Most memorable movie line: “We stick together like Ernie and Bert.” (“No Landing”)
Favorite soccer team and non-soccer team: Fluminense; Atlanta Dream
3 words my friends use to describe me: Safe hands, 1RZo, chachine
Most important team goals this year (from “Crossing the Line”): No regrets

CALLUM WISHER

The Staples High School 2019 varisty. (Photo/Christina Bassler)

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RESERVES

Will Adams
Graham Barnes
Gabriel Chinitz
Thomas Corridon
Brewster Galley
Matthew Genser
Jacob Greenberger
Bruno Guiduli
Jackson Hochhauser
Marcos Inglada
Aaron Jaffe (tri-captain)
Matt Jordan
Jack Kuster
Spencer Levine
Josh McColl
Jaden Mueller
Konur Nordberg (tri-captain)
Zach Pulichino (tri-captain)
Kyle Rotolo
Jesse Sanchez
Ben Tanen
Sam Vannart
Reese Watkins

HEAD COACH:  Russell Oost-Lievense
ASSISTANT COACH: Reilly Lynch

(Photo/Barry Guiduli)

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FRESHMAN

Kyle Ambrose
Jaeon Anglin
Brendan Corneck
Eion Cuddy
Ethan Cukier
Joshua Deitch (co-captain)
Steve Divino
Ben Douglas
Michael Fleming
Cedrik Geijerstam
Campbell Gerrard
Tyler Kocadag
Scott Kosakowski
Alex Laskin (co-captain)
Jack McColl
Joaquim Monnerat
Oscar Oyanguren
Sam Pirkl
Dixon Scherer
David Sedrak
Matt Shackelford
Hunter Smith
Kyle Stretton
Whitman Teplica
Sam Willis

HEAD COACH: Chris O’Dell

(Photo/Camilla Roisland)