Friday, August 12, 2022


Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Glastonbury in State Tournament

The Staples High School boys soccer team today pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in its 61-year history.

Playing in frigid cold, the 17th-seeded Wreckers upset No. 1-ranked Glastonbury High School 3-2 at Glastonbury. And they did it in spectacularly dramatic fashion.

The Tomahawks had won three straight state LL (extra large schools) championships, and four of the last five. They had not been scored on in the state tournament since 2017.

Glastonbury went up 2-0 in the first 14 minutes, and things looked dire for Staples. But the Wreckers clawed back, halving the margin to 2-1 on a goal by Alan Fiore just three minutes before halftime.

The second half began with Staples attacking. Then Glastonbury dictated the play. The Westporters got great goalkeeping from backup goalie Sebi Montoulieu, to keep them in it.

With less than seven minutes remaining, Emerson Anvari fed Lars Djuve. The senior’s shot from close in evened the match.

Staples continued attacking. Three minutes later, Evan Birns’ left-footed shot gave the Wreckers the stunning lead.

Defenders Surya Balaji, Carter Bassler, Brendan Lynch and Benny Feuer kept Glastonbury at bay in the final minutes. Head coach Dan Woog called the match “intense, crazy, wild, heart-stopping and wonderful.”

The win vaults Staples into the state tournament quarterfinal. They play at Trumbull on Friday, at a time not yet determined.

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