Late Trumbull goal ties Wrecker booters
Updated 2:00 pm, Friday, October 7, 2011
Ties appear to be the usual result when the Staples boys soccer team faces Trumbull.
Host Staples and Trumbull played to a 1-1 tie Thursday at Loeffler Field and the Wreckers, who are 6-0-2 this year after the tie, are 1-2-4 against Trumbull (6-1-1) since 2004. For example, the teams played to a 0-0 tie in the 2006 FCIAC championship game and last year, when Staples vanquished the Eagles 1-0 in the FCIAC quarterfinals -- it was in the second overtime.
"It's not irony, it's soccer," said Wreckers coach Dan Woog when asked about how the two teams frequently end up deadlocked. "We are never happy to tie. We proved we can play with the best teams in the league and we now need to prove we can beat them."
"Ben gave me the ball, I one-touched it and I was able to get it in," Smith said. "It was a 3-on-2 play and I was the extra guy. Their defenders were defending the right side of the goal and luckily, I found the gap and put it in."
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The Wreckers had many opportunities after that. Lorenz Esposito sent Max Hoberman in on goal in the second minute. But the visitors countered. Dylan Hoy and Dylan Evans also had many chances and played well for Staples.
Overall, the Wreckers outshot Trumbull, 17-4 and had a 5-4 edge over the visitors in corner kicks. Eagles goalie Nick Weinstein (seven saves) made some nice saves to keep it at 1-0. Weinstein's defense also didn't break when push came to shove and showed that Trumbull is a great team and there's a reason why its 6-1-1.
"We didn't have many open chances," Smith said.
"A lot of it comes from our organization in the back," Malowitz said. "Harry Birch and Taylor McNair did a good job of reading us."
Staples appeared to be on the verge of garnering a 1-0 home win over Trumbull Thursday but settled for a 1-1 tie. With 1:23 left in the game, Trumbull's Liam O'Sullivan scored from Yale-bound Keith Bond.
"Trumbull is always a good physical team and have dangerous players," Malowitz said. "As a team, we lost focus in the last minute but I'm not worried because it's only the second tie of the season."
In addition to Bonds, the Wreckers also had to guard Anthony Teixera, who is a top player for the Eagles.
"I think we handled Bonds well for most of the game but one mistake and he makes you pay for it," Malowitz said.