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Published on September 5th, 2016 | by Staples Soccer


Match Report: Staples vs. Martin Luther King

In less than 5 years, the Martin Luther King scrimmage has become one of the highlights of Staples’ pre-season.

The 14-time New York City champions always bring a talented, quick and international team to Connecticut. Despite high grass, this year’s contest was — as usual — entertaining and hard-fought.

The Wreckers tallied first, in the 9th minute. Keeper Ziggy Hallgarten outletted to Daniel Reid on the right midfield, who fed Will Birch on the right flank. The junior chipped the keeper, from 25 yards out.

The New Yorkers equalized in the 37th minute, on a very nice shot.

MLK had the majority of possession, but Staples’ high pressure game worked well in spots. Staples had some dangerous crosses too, though none resulted in another goal.

Both teams then headed to Compo Beach, for the now-traditional picnic and volleyball games.

That was the final preseason match for the blue-and-whites. The FCIAC regular season kicks off this Friday (September 9, 4 p.m.) with a home match against Trinity Catholic.

QUICK KICKS: Earlier in the weekend, Hurricane Hermine threatened to scuttle plans for the scrimmage and picnic. But the storm moved out to sea — and the day was beautiful, with only a slight breeze.

A large crowd enjoyed today’s Labor Day match. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

Josh Berman and Sam Kantor sandwich an MLK player. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

It’s not a Staples-MLK picnic without beach volleyball. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

Staples and Martin Luther King pose at Compo Beach. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)


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