Soccer MVP Lesch overcomes injury in leading Staples
Nothing was going to stop Staples senior tri-captain Brendan Lesch during the FCIAC boys soccer tournament. None of Staples' three opponents or an ankle injury was going to deter Lesch, who was the FCIAC tournament's MVP after leading the second-seeded Wreckers to their third straight title with a 2-1 victory over fourth-seeded Fairfield Warde on Wednesday at Norwalk.
"It's playoff time and [going in] my team had a great chance of winning the FCIAC and State tournaments and I wanted to be out there doing what I could for the team," Lesch said.
In the FCIAC quarterfinals last Friday against Trumbull, Lesch rolled his right ankle with 28:46 remaining in the second half. He wanted to immediately go back on the field and after the training staff attended to him, he was back. He scored the only goal of the game in leading Staples to a 1-0 double overtime victory.
"Every game, Brendan does something that amazes and surprises everyone," Wreckers Coach Dan Woog said. "He gave us a gutsy performance [throughout the FCIAC playoffs]."
In the FCIAC title game, he assisted on classmate Greg Gudis' goal to give Staples a 1-0 lead.
"Gudis makes plays and he lets me know where he is when he calls for it and I find him with a flick," Lesch said.
Warde tied it but 10-12 minutes later, Lesch scored the game-winning goal from classmate Court Lake.
"Court found me with a great pass, I turned on it and hit it in the far post," Lesch said.
The Wreckers scored five goals in the tournament and he played a role in every tally with three goals and two assists.
"Playoff time is always a blast and it's my favorite time of the year," Lesch said.