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Published on December 30th, 2009 | by Staples Soccer


U-9 Team Honors Rob Stone ’83 With Staples Soccer Donation

The Westport Soccer Association U-9 Red boys team has honored parent coach Rob Stone ’83, by making a donation to the Staples boys soccer program.

Rob Stone

“Rob was on the Staples team when he was a student, so we thought this was a fitting gift,” wrote the accompanying note.

In fact, Rob was more than “on the team.”  His goal in the 1982 state championship final against Ridgefield has become 1 of the most legendary in  Wreckers history.

With 7 minutes remaining in a scoreless match, Stone — a senior outside defender — ran onto a clearance from the Tigers’ defense.  He met the ball near midfield, struck it squarely with his instep — and watched as his shot sailed 50 yards over the keeper’s head, and into the net.  A long-lost video of that strike was showed last year at Staples’ 50-year celebration.  “I got goosebumps watching it,” said former national team member Kyle Martino ’99.

The state championship-winner was the only goal of Stone’s Staples career.  He went on to Harvard University, and now works in finance.

The Staples boys soccer program thanks the Westport  U-9 Red team for their very generous, and thoughtful, gift!

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