Published on September 8th, 2017 | by Staples Soccer0
Match Report: Staples vs. Trinity Catholic
Trinity Catholic’s soccer program has not had it easy. An “S” (smallest division) school in a league dominated by “LL” (extra large) and “L” (large) schools — and one of only 2 in the FCIAC that charges tuition — the Crusaders have struggled for years.
Over the past few seasons, under coach Bob Pepi, they’ve made strides. This year, with new coach Michael Martino, they’re poised to progress further.
Today at Loeffler Field though, a vocal crowd saw the host Wreckers in control from the opening whistle.
Shooting low, hard and often, they were stymied by keeper Luis Benitiz. Timmy Liles, Anton Mahr and Matt Engler all tested the visitors — and the crossbar — before finally netting that elusive first strike. Strong ball movement across the field ended with Mahr finding Liles. He slotted it low, in the 18th minute.
Two minutes after that, Mahr’s shot was saved. But Liles’ brother Sam followed up alertly, for the 2nd goal.
Mahr also fed Engler in the 51st minute. The co-captain wheeled, dealed and sealed the victory with a close-range shot.
With opening day behind them, the blue-and-whites now turn their attention to Monday’s match. Danbury — not just the biggest school in the FCIAC, but in the entire state — provides a much sterner test. Kickoff is 4 p.m., at the Hatters’ stadium.
QUICK KICKS: Staples outshot Trinity 19-0. Wrecker keepers Teddy O’Kane and Ry Cohen did not face one official shot…
The Wreckers’ starting lineup included sophomore keeper O’Kane; defenders Chris Martenson (co-captain), Will Birch and Ryan Fincher, all seniors, plus junior Gabe Baltierra; midfielders Engler, Mahr and Timmy Liles (seniors), plus Pato Perez Elorza and Sam Liles (sophomores), and junior striker Vaughan Sealey….
The varsity squad includes 8 seniors, 5 juniors and 7 sophomores.