Staples’ Eli Rosenkranz (18) scores against Bridgeport Central on Wednesday night, as Jonny Costello is ready for a rebound. / Photos by Mark Sikorski
Photo at left: Sam Rossoni had a two-goal performance for the Wreckers on Wednesday. At right: Emmett Nivaud (19) congratulates Lucas Carpi on his early score against Central.

BRIDGEPORT — Staples boys soccer team arrived at Kennedy Stadium Wednesday night below full strength.

They were missing keeper Nick Sikorski, leading scorer Avery Mueller and several other starters and early subs.

But Aldo Lopez picked up where Sikorski left off in goal. Several attackers picked up the scoring slack.

And head coach Russell Oost-Lievense deployed his deep bench well, giving plenty of playing time to fill-in starters and reserves. He showed confidence in his entire roster, and they responded with gusto.

As they’ve done often this year, the Wreckers struck early. Then they scored again, leading 2-0 after just 6 minutes. That sparked a 5-0 win over a Bridgeport Central squad whose players’ individual talents and speed belied their 1-7-0 record.

Alex Kuster and sophomore Dylan Shackelford made their first varsity starts in back; James Corridon did  the same at midfield. All played strong, steady Staples soccer.

Archie Lynch in action for Staples against Bridgeport Central.

In the 4th minute Zach Gorin picked up a loose ball. His pass hit Lucas Carpi in stride. The tall striker zeroed in on goal, and finished clinically.

Two minutes later a poor clearance landed at Emmett Nivaud’s foot. He did not hesitate, blasting into the back of the net.

Oost-Lievense soon substituted liberally. Archie Lynch, Brendan Allen, Michael Brennan and others came on, giving their teammates much-needed rest. This was Staples’ fifth match in nine days — and another loomed 48 hours from then: 7 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Warde.

Christian Rinaldi came on after halftime, making his varsity debut as goalkeeper. Like Lopez, he was in command of his box physically and verbally.

Midway through the second half, Jack Schwartz laced a free kick over the wall to Sam Rossoni. His teammate slammed home a smooth, textbook shot.

In the 64th minute, Allen assisted Eli Rosenkranz’s blast. Rossoni closed out the scoring with 8 minutes to go, off Shackelford’s free kick. It was a carbon copy of the Staples’ first goal, and a fitting ending to a strong showing by every healthy Wrecker.