Shaw's goal in overtime sends Staples into Class LL quarterfinals
The sophomore duo needed extra time to fend off FCIAC rival Wilton, but found the back of the net 2:23 into the first overtime session after regulation ended in a scoreless draw. Rossi's through ball gave space for Shaw to outrun the defense, and Shaw finished calmly to send Staples to the Class LL quarterfinals with a 1-0 overtime win over the Warriors.
"It was a through ball past the defenders like many other goals this season," Shaw said. "I was able to use speed and get past the goalie and place it past her."
The No. 8 Wreckers, which shared the FCIAC championship with Warde, will travel to No. 1 Glastonbury in Saturday's quarterfinals. The game was played in muddy conditions on Loeffler Field. The Wreckers celebrated the win with a collective jump into the muddy sidelines.
"These conditions are a defender's and a goalkeeper's nightmare," Staples coach Barry Beattie said. "I thought would have benefited someone like (Shaw), who has loads of pace. We would have liked it before extra time, but she got there in the end."
For four Staples seniors that are four-year starters, the trip up north will carry a bit of an extra meaning. The Wreckers lost on penalty kicks to the Tomahawks in the 2011 Class LL semifinals, and a few seniors, including Meg Root, were on the pitch that night.
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"Everything comes full circle I guess," Root said. "But it's really exciting for me because I knew the kind of team we had my freshman year and I know the team we have now. I knew going in this season we had a chance to go far."