Central upsets Staples 2-0 in regular season finale
Published 1:08 am, Friday, October 30, 2009
Having already clinch-ed first place for the FCIAC regular season, the Staples boys soccer team headed into Bridgeport`s North End for the regular season finale. The Wreckers faced a strong opponent, Bridgeport Central High on Wednesday and facing Central at Kennedy Stadium is like travelling to Gainsville, Fla. and facing the Florida Gators football team in "The Swamp."
It was also Senior Day for the Hilltoppers, which they celebrated in a big way by pulling a 2-0 upset over Staples to finish the regular season at 10-2-3. The Wreckers suffered their first league loss and finished the regular season at 14-2, 14-1 in the FCIAC.
In the fourth minute, senior Reco McLaren raced through the Wrecker defense and gave Central a 1-0 lead.
Early on, it looked like another Brookfield (the team that defeated Staples) repeat. But this time, the Wreckers answered strongly. Senior captain Alan Reiter had a strong header off of one of the many corner kick opportunities in the half that soared just high of the crossbar. But the soggy turf and the poor weather worked against the Wreckers.
McLaren, on the other hand, clearly played well. Just before the close of the half, he netted his second goal, closing out the scoring early in the game.
The Wreckers tried to rally during the second half, with some notable attempts by junior Brendan Lesch and senior Mikey Fitzgerald. But forty minutes and no goals later the horn blew, signaling the end of the game as well as the end of the season.
Despite its first FCIAC loss, Staples finished the regular season finished first in the regular season and earned the Ralph King Cup for the second straight year and the fourth time since the institution of the award in 2000.
The Wreckers are the top seed in the FCIAC and host Westhill today at 3 p.m. in the FCIAC quarterfinals. A win catapults them into Monday`s semifinals.