Published on September 14th, 2019 | by Staples Soccer


College Soccer Fest: 4 Wreckers On Field Together

Austin Sholes won bragging rights over 3 former Staples soccer players yesterday.

The Washington & Lee freshman helped his team to a 5-1 victory over Emory. The Eagles boast 3 Wrecker alums: Sholes’ 2018 teammate Matthew Tanzer, sophomore Matt Engler and junior Josh Berman. The latter 2 are former Staples captains.

Longtime STA preseason camp director Brian Kuk — who coached Emory head coach Cory Greiner as a youth player — was at the match, in Lexington, Virginia. He and Sholes’ father Seth — a former Staples player, All-American at Wesleyan University and Wrecker reserve coach — agree: The game was far closer than the score.

Four former players on the field at once may not be a Staples record. But it makes the program very proud!

Austin Sholes, Matthew Tanzer, Josh Berman and Matt Engler — together again.


Brian Kuk, Josh Berman, Matthew Tanzer, Matt Engler, Emory head coach Cory Greiner.


One Response to College Soccer Fest: 4 Wreckers On Field Together

  1. Fred Cantor says:

    That’s very cool—especially in this day and age when college soccer is probably more competitive than ever. So kudos to the guys.

    If my memory is correct, St. Lawrence had four Staples alums playing for them in 1973: Scott Williamson, Trip Pearce, Dana Hollingsworth, and Jeff Williamson. I think they played Union back then and, if so, Sandy Wilder and Mark Brickley were co-captains that year. So that would be at least 6 alums on the field. I’ll see if I can get Dana Holl to weigh in on this.

    We definitely had four Staples alums in the starting lineup when UConn played Yale in 1974: Tim Hunter, Neil Brickley, Paul Hunter, and myself.