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Published on September 14th, 2018 | by Staples Soccer


Match Report: Staples vs. Trinity Catholic

In years past, after rains like the past week, Trinity Catholic’s grass field would be a sloppy, almost unplayable quagmire.

But the Crusaders now play on beautiful turf. When the Staples soccer team made their 1st-ever visit to Giglio Field today, they were impressed.

Over the past few years, the hosts have also shown steady improvement on the pitch. They play solid team soccer, and are winning their share of matches.

The Wreckers’ first half lacked rhythm and passion. The sole highlight came less than 5 minutes after the opening whistle. Lefty Penderakis sent Sam Liles into the right corner. The junior delivered a clinical pass, which Patricio Perez Elorza finished with his head.

The second half offered a dramatic improvement. Staples knocked the ball around with precision. They found open men, stretched the field, and communicated well.

Just 5 minutes in, Vaughan Sealey played an excellent ball into the corner. Once again Liles crossed. This time Matthew Tanzer was at the end of the service — again with a header goal.

Seven minutes later, after nearly a dozen bang-bang chances in the packed goalmouth, the ball popped out to Pendarakis. He wasted no time burying it into the back of the net.

The final goal came 7 minutes from time. Josh DeDomenico fed Brendan Lynch, who casually flicked it home for his 1st-ever varsity goal.

The blue-and-whites are in action next on Monday. Kickoff is 6 p.m., at Wilton’s Kristine Lilly Field. FINAL SCORE: Staples 4, Trinity Catholic 0. RECORD: 2-0-1.

QUICK KICKS: Sophomore George Smith looked solid in his varsity debut. Classmate Enzo Valadares also got his varsity minutes, spelling Ry Cohen in goal late in the match. Neither keeper fielded a shot on goal.


Josh DeDomenico eludes a Trinity Catholic defender. Patricio Perez Elorza and Mauricio Inglada provide support. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

Surya Balaji moves up to midfield against Trinity, and played strongly. Gabe Baltierra is behind. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

Sophomore George Smith races toward the ball. Rob Diorio is right behind. (Photo/Armelle Daniels)

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