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A Victorious Start For Staples Boys’ Soccer

Photo by Kelsey Shockey
Charlie Leonard’14 and Diego Alanis’14 surround a Danbury player to steal the ball.

At 4:00 p.m, the Staples boys’ soccer team competed in their first match of the season against Danbury at Loeffler Field.

When the match started, there was definitely plenty of shouting and communication from the players, which pumped up the team and the audience.

This was such an important match that not only did all the parents come to watch, but the  girls’ soccer team took a break from their practice to watch the game as well.

According to number 4, George Kokkalis’14, “We really appreciate our fans. It’s a huge part of what we need to succeed this year.”

To ged rid of any nerves, the players met at the dugout near third base to talk it out and  mentally get ready.

Potentially, the strength, intensity, and energy made the nerves unnoticeable.

“One of our strengths today was pressuring the ball as a unit. When done correctly, we’re very dangerous because we have players that have the ability to counter attack with amazing speed,” said Kokkalis.

Unfortunately, there was an injury on the team as number 24, Foster Golberg’14, fell on his knee after a tough tackle.

“It was not a dirty play, it was just an unlucky hit, so I won’t be able to play for a couple of weeks,” said Golberg.

However, despite of any obstacles, Staples fought their way to a score of 2-0.

Joe Pravder’16 scored a header in the first half and later when Graham Gudis’16 took the corner kick, it went to Andrew Puchala’15, who  kicked it right into the net for the second goal.

No matter if it was during the beginning or very end of the match, the players were certainly fighting hard the whole time to control and clear the ball.

“They were not slacking off at all, it’s pretty cool,” said Casey Bang’14.


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Kelsey Shockey, Web Sports Editor
Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself to playing tennis year round. Currently a member of the girls’ varsity team, Shockey hopes to pursue the sport in college. “I love tennis because it is like performing on a stage and the spotlight is on you,” Shockey said. However, Shockey isn’t just getting attention on the courts. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Staples Television Network (STN), providing coverage for sports events. “I was never a great speaker in middle school or elementary school because I was so shy. But now I’ve come out of my shell,” Shockey said. “STN changed everything.” Dreaming of one day gracing national television, she hopes to study communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Combining her love for sports and communications, it’s no wonder that Shockey is a perfect fit as one of Inkling’s Web Sports Editors. Full of exuberance and enthusiasm, she loves that she can “connect with people” through her writing. Shockey’s proudest work is “Explosion at Boston Marathon,” the first breaking news story she has ever written for Inklings. With a strong work ethic as well as a flare for sports and broadcasting, Shockey is sure to be a valuable addition to this year’s Inklings staff.

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