A Scrimmage With A Goal In Mind


Photo by Kelsey Shockey

Charlie Leonard’14 getting ready to head a flying ball.

On Friday afternoon, the atmosphere at Loeffler Field at Staples was hot with intensity and filled with suspense.

The seats were crowded as the boys’ soccer team fought a tough battle physically and mentally against Wethersfield, which was the second scrimmage this season and ended up with a score of 2-2.

“We knew Whethersfield was a great team, since we’ve played them in the preseason every year, so we had to come in with a lot of intensity,” Jack Scott’14, one of the soccer captains, said.

One thing for sure, there was excellent footwork and plenty of heading.

Before playing Wethersfield, Staples played Fairfield Prep and dominated with a score of 5-0.

According to captain Diego Alanis’14,“We had some good moments against Fairfield Prep and Wethersfield, but we know it’s not enough because we’re setting the bar much higher.”

Staples’ main strength is pressuring the defense and forcing turnovers. One aspect that the players want to work on more for their next scrimmage against Newtown this Tuesday is communication.

“The match against prep helped us. However, it also gave us too much confidence and we need to realize that every game will be a tight contest,” Scott said.

The boys’ team prepares well with their hard work and dedication to the sport.Players participate in workouts such as futsal in the middle of the winter, lifting twice a week before school, and even playing throughout the summer.

Ultimately, the Wreckers have a big goal, and they’re more than ready.

“Our goal is to win the last game of the season, which is the State Championship. After the bonding we’ve made as a team over the past 10 months, I know it’s attainable,” Alanis said.

Even though accomplishing this goal is going to be a difficult task, the team is certainly up for the challenge.

“The best is yet to come,” Alanis said.