Boys’ soccer fights for a win

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By Eloise Ahl ’21

The Wreckers boys’ soccer team won their opening game with a 3-1 score against Fairfield Warde on Sept. 9.

“We started off slowly but thanks to our star players we were able to gain some momentum and get a goal,” Patricio Perez Elorza ’20 said. “The game was not an easy win. [Even though] the score was 3-1, we were on the edge and defending hard the entire game.”

Captain Nick Ambrose ’19 agreed with Elorza. “We won the game with solid combinations in defense. I am expecting a lot from the team and I have high expectations for the season,” he said.

Aside from the strong line of defense, Nick Dimasi ’19 also held up his end for the offensive side of the team with the first goal of the game.

The rest of the first half consisted of hard hits from Warde and fast movements from Staples. “We have a good concrete starting lineup that consistently dominates other teams” Surya Balaji ’21 said.

Almost immediately following the start of the second half, Elorza scored a goal, bringing the Staples team up with a 2-0 lead.

Elorza not only scored the significant goal, but also stopped Warde’s fast break attempt with a bicycle kick that sent the ball back into Staples’ possession.

Unfortunately for Staples, Warde’s Danny Villalba responded with a goal of his own.

Following the opposing teams’ goal, Mauricio Inglada ’19 brought Staples back to a two goal lead and scored during the final few minutes of the game. This ultimately secured the Staples boys’ soccer team’s first win of the season.

After holding up a strong fight, the team clearly has a strong foundation of players and their season seems to have a lot of potential, team members said.

“We look really good,” Rob Diorio ’19 said.  “We have a great attitude and we don’t really have any holes.”