Shaw sparks Staples' rally against Trumbull
Updated 11:28 am, Saturday, September 13, 2014
Staples girls soccer coach Barry Beattie believes Lydia Shaw is "one of the best attacking threats in the (FCIAC)." Two goals in three minutes and 26 seconds to turn a match on its head is further evidence that the sophomore is indeed becoming one of the most dangerous forwards around.
The Wreckers struck for three goals in 11 second-half minutes to prevail 3-1 over perennial contender Trumbull on Friday afternoon at home.
Trailing 1-0 entering the second half, Shaw scored after a scramble in front of the box to draw the Wreckers level with 37:33 left, then fired a rocket shot from just inside the box to give Staples the lead.
"She has so much pace; she wriggles in and out of tackles," Beattie said. "And when she does get tackled she bounces right back up. I was pretty happy."
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Trumbull took the lead late in the first half off a set piece. The Eagles lofted a free kick from near the corner flag into the box, which the Wreckers couldn't clear properly. Rebecca Crosley struck on the half volley past Mary Bennewitz to give her team the lead.
The Eagles enjoyed possession until the break, but Staples came out flying in the second half and applied constant pressure.
"Staples was far more aggressive than us today," Trumbull coach Dan Uhrlass said. "We had trouble settling in the game. ... The second half was very poor on our part to give up 3 goals in such a period of time. We didn't match their intensity."
Aside from yielding the goal from a dead ball situation, the Wreckers defense, including senior Meg Root, stifled any further Trumbull attacks.
"Megan's a great defender," Beattie said. "She's very experienced in the high school game; she studies when she's not playing. She's a great role model for every other kid."
Both teams were coming off comfortable wins in their openers Tuesday. Staples downed Trinity Catholic 9-0 while Trumbull defeated Bridgeport Central 7-0.
"For both teams this was the first real test, and sees how the hard work is going to pay off from the preseason," Beattie said. "Luckily we passed the test with some outstanding play."