Staples wrecks Amity's title hopes
Staples-Westport is known as the “Wreckers” and they certainly lived up to their name in wrecking the Amity boys soccer team’s hopes of advancing to the CIAC Class LL finals.
The fifth-seeded Wreckers (18-2) eliminated No. 4 Amity with a 3-0 semifinal victory Monday afternoon at Sim Field in Woodbridge.
“We picked a bad day to have an off game,” Amity coach Mike Marchitto said. “They dominated us in the air, were quicker than we were, beat us to every ball, and, controlled midfield play. Before the game those are the things I told my guys that we had to do if we wanted to win.”
With only 3 minutes, 30 seconds gone in the game, Mike White scored on a short corner kick.
“His shot caught us off guard and sailed to the back post,” Marchitto said.
Mike Fitzgerald’s goal at 25:55 gave the Wreckers a 2-0 lead.
Again the score came off a corner kick. This time there was a scramble in front of the net involving several players from each team and Fitzgerald was credited with knocking the ball by Amity goalie Steve Sasso.
Midway through the second half, Greg Gadis took advantage of a Spartan midfield defensive lapse, came charging in on Sasso and blasted a 15-footer past him and into the net.
“He caught us flatfooted and ran right to the net,” Marchitto said. “We had a couple of good scoring chances in the first half but nothing after that. Staples is a very good team but we made them look even better than they really were. It was a disappointing way to end our season.”
Staples outshot the Spartans 5-2 and Sasso was credited with a pair of saves.
While the Wreckers advanced to Saturday’s Class LL finals against Glastonbury, the Spartans ended their season with a 16-4 record.
Amity entered the game riding the high of a thrilling second-round victory over Hamden.
The teams battled through 80 minutes of scoreless regulation play and two overtime periods before set up a dramatic penalty-kick session.
When all was said and done, the Spartans won the penalty kick round 4-2.
Kevin Howard, Brian Foley, Adrien Demelier and Joshua DeBarba scored for Amity in the penalty-kick session.