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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Staples Boys Soccer Wins FCIAC Crown

The Staples boys soccer team roared back from an early deficit, pouring in three second-half goals tonight to down Greenwich 3-1 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) championship at Norwalk.  WestportNow.com Image
Frankie Bergonzi and Greg Gudis celebrate Staples’ 3-1 victory tonight over Greenwich in the FCIAC finals. Bergonzi, a defender, and Gudis, a striker, are two of the three sophomore starters on the young squad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

The come-from-behind win gave the Wreckers their 25th league title in 50 years, but the first outright one since 1996. In 2000 and 2006, the Westporters tied in the finals and shared the crown.

It was Staples’ second two-goal victory of the season over Greenwich, which fell 2-0 in Westport earlier this month. (See WestportNow Oct. 14, 2008)

Greenwich controlled play in the first half, and got on the scoreboard 10 minutes before intermission. But, just as in the semifinals two days earlier, the Wreckers went on a second-half tear. 

Greg Gudis’s corner kick was played into the box by Frankie Bergonzi. Brendan Lesch pounced on the ball, and power-headed it home.

Less than four minutes later, Staples struck again. Alex Hoberman raced down the right side, and fed Gudis. The sophomore’s blast from the corner ripped into the far left netting.

Ten minutes after that, Jairo Alvarado won a ball at midfield, and sent Matteo Marzoli into the corner.  He timed his run perfectly, and finished strongly for the insurance goal.

The defense, sparked by goalkeeper Adam Liu, kept Greenwich at bay for the final 15 minutes. When the match was over, hundreds of Staples fans – all dressed in white – stormed the field, celebrating the solid victory.

“I’m tremendously proud of all 24 varsity players,” head coach Dan Woog said. “We start only three seniors, but everyone has worked like a veteran.  What a tribute to them.  And we love our super-fans.  They’ve helped get us where we are with their support.  We look forward to having them with us through the state tournament.”

State “LL” (large school) pairings will be announced Friday.  Right now, Staples is tentatively set to host a first round match on Monday, at 2 p.m.

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