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Boys soccer notebook Staples takes a look back

September 17, 2018

60 for 60The Staples boys soccer program is celebrating 60 years as a program this fall.In case you missed it, the Twitter account for the team, @StaplesSoccer1, has been dropping fun facts about the history of the team since the preseason using the hashtag #60for60With coaching turnover at many schools over the years, even recent history can be forgotten but not at Staples where they are honoring the past.Helping preserve the legacy is made easier by the fact Staples has only had three full-time coaches over those 60 seasons, Albie Loeffler, Jeff Lea and Dan Woog. Frank Henrick coached the team in the 1969 season, winning a state championship during a season when Loeffler was not with the team.Among the many interesting nuggets from the feed was this: “Staples soccer began when a group of Weston students (who then attended SHS) asked PE teacher Albie Loeffler to form a club. All had played soccer at Weston Jr High. #staplessoccer #60for60”PUT ONE IN THE LEFT-HAND COLUMNAfter finishing 0-14-2 last season, the St. Joseph boys soccer team won its first game this season, defeating Trinity Catholic 4-0 last week.One was not enough as the Cadets won again, beating Bridgeport Central 4-3 Friday.The Cadets have struggled in recent years, going 1-14-2 in 2016 and 1-12-3 in 2015.The last time St. Joe’s made the Class M state tournament was I 2014 with a 6-8-2 record.In the win over Trinity, Robert Razzaia scored twice with Sawyer Meehan and Cristiano Cinque both tallying one goal.Against Central, Cinque scored twice with Razzaia and Meehan each scoring once.TOP PERFORMERSJason Weinstein: The way things have started this season, Weinstein may take up a permanent residence in the top performers. Last week he was here for scoring a hat trick and this week he topped that, scoring five goals (FIVE!) in Trumbull’s 6-2 win over Ridgefield. That gives Weinstein 39 career goals, breaking the previous school record of 34 goals.Chris Aceves, Wilcox Tech: Aceves scored two goals for Wilcox in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart. Wilcox Tech (2-0) has not lost in the regular season since 2016 when they went 10-2-4. Last season, Wilcox Tech went 15-0-1 in the regular season before losing to Wilton 4-0 in the Class L opening round.Brennan Hughes, Farmington: Hughes came up from his defensive centerback position for an assist on the opening goal in Farmington’s 3-0 win over defending state champion Glastonbury last Tuesday. More importantly, Hughes led a stellar defensive effort by the Indians, shutting out the state’s top No. 1 ranked team in the coaches’ poll.Ben Goodacre, Barlow: The sophomore scored the Falcons’ lone goal midway through the second half, giving them a 1-0 win over rival Masuk in the season opener.GET OUT AND GOMONDAYRidgefield at Danbury, 4 p.m.: Two of the best programs in the FCIAC in recent years and two of the contenders for the league crown this year face off in a rivalry game.Fairfield Ludlowe at Greenwich, 5 p.m.: Two teams picked by league coaches to be near the top of the standings. Greenwich (0-1-2) is still in search of its first win, while Ludlowe has started 2-0-1.THURSDAYWeston at Joel Barlow, 4 p.m.: Another rivalry game and a big one in terms of early-season bragging rights in the SWC.Xavier at North Haven, 7 p.m.: SCC foes have both started strong this season and should make for an intense contest.FRIDAYFarmington at Hall, 7 p.m.: The CCC is not an easy league to play in and these two squads are a big reason why. Farmington now has the bullseye on its back after beating Glastonbury.Old Saybrook at Morgan, 3:45 p.m.: Shoreline rivals with a little more on the line this year after Morgan upset then No. 1 seeded Old Saybrook in last year’s Class S semifinals.SATURDAYWatertown at Naugatuck, 1 p.m.: Both teams feel they are good enough to win the NVL. This will be the first step in achieving that goal.Shelton at Daniel Hand, 4 p.m.: The Tigers and Gaels both have designs on a SCC title as well as state titles. This should be a heavyweight bout.New Milford at Newtown, 12 p.m.: These two should make for a close contest on a soccer Saturday in the SWC.Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com;@EricsonSports

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