Staples and Wilton Girls Soccer: State Co-Champs

Nov 21, 2021 | Education, Sports | 0 comments

Staples Varsity 2021 State Champions -- Photo Charlotte Strandell
Staples Varsity 2021 State Champions — Photo Charlotte Strandell

HARTFORD — Yesterday’s battle between the Staples and Wilton girls soccer teams was expected to be defensive. The teams have already played twice, once to a 0-0 tie in the regular season and once to a 1-0 win by Staples in the FCIAC title match.

Is it a shock that neither team scored a goal in the state championship game?

Wilton and Staples played a scoreless 60 minutes and then two scoreless 15-minute overtimes. With the 0-0 tie, the Wreckers can lay claim to the state co-title, its second ever and the first since 1989. 

Cami Kolek -- Photo Charlotte Strandell
Cami Kolek — Photo Charlotte Strandell

In the first half, Annabel  Edwards, Maddie Sansone and Coco Crombie took good shots on goal, but none found the net. Cami Kolek, whose goalkeeping was outstanding all season long, had several dramatic saves.

Maddie Sansone -- Photo Charlotte Strandell
Maddie Sansone — Photo Charlotte Strandell

Gabi de Brito, Katharine Shackelford and Evelyn Chudowsky added offensive pressure in the second half, to no avail.

Kolek and the Staples defense held strong in the first OT;  Edwards, Crombie, Sansone, Alex Wasserman and Evelyn Chudowsky kept up the offensive pressure in the second OT. Kolek perfectly defended the Wreckers’ goal.

Alex Wasserman -- Photo Charlotte Strandell
Alex Wasserman — Photo Charlotte Strandell

Wilton has a perennially strong girls soccer team; this marks their 12th state championship. 

With their second state crown, Staples this season proved that there is no better team in the state of Connecticut.

Gaby Gonzalez -- Photo Charlotte Strandell
Gaby Gonzalez — Photo Charlotte Strandell

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