Staples boys soccer wins wild one against Westhill

Sep 20, 2022 | Education, Sports | 0 comments

The Wreckers celebrate wildly after the game-winning goal by Matt Shackelford (#27 at left, between two green pinnies) - Photo Mark Sikorski
The Wreckers celebrate wildly after the game-winning goal by Matt Shackelford (#27 at left, between two green pinnies) – Photo Mark Sikorski

WESTPORT – The Staples boys soccer team broke their scoring drought in a big way Monday, in a wild match. Goals by Dylan Hoke, Avery Mueller and Matt Shackelford staked the Wreckers to a 3-0 lead against Westhill, at Wakeman Field.

But the Vikings stormed back. A penalty kick, and two strikes off defensive errors drew the visitors level, with 14 minutes to go.

Dylan Hoke covers plenty of territory at midfield - Photo Mark Sikorski
Dylan Hoke covers plenty of territory at midfield – Photo Mark Sikorski

The match ebbed back and forth. Suddenly, with just 1:44 to play, Shackelford picked up a loose ball 40 yards from goal. He took a couple of touches, then fired into the far right side. His blistering shot caught everyone by surprise – and gave Staples a hard-fought 4-3 win.

Defensive midfielder Alex Laskin takes care of business - Photo Mark Sikorski
Defensive midfielder Alex Laskin takes care of business – Photo Mark Sikorski

The Wreckers, now 2-2-1, face Wilton away on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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