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Saturday, December 16 News

Aaron Johnson / Getting in the zone can always lead to success

There are few feelings in sports like being in a groove. When the game starts to come easier than normal and everything is clicking — it can be a beautiful feeling for any player.

The only time I could remember finding that kind of rythmn was while standing at the plate on a baseball diamond. It brings supreme confidence standing there knowing that nothing the opposing pitcher has will fool you. But the true test to success is when an entire team can begin to hit their stride all at the same time.

As a coach, that has to be the dream, working all season to find the consistency and confidence in the players that will lead to wins. While the fall season comes down the homestretch, two of Staples teams have found that groove and it has led them on the cusp of state glory.

Both the field hockey and girls soccer teams will play on the final day of the season for a chance to capture a state title. For Ian Taspsall’s field hockey team, coming into the season as defendind co-champions left a feeling of unfinished business for many of the players, while also putting a target on their backs in the tough FCIAC. While on the flipside, coach Barry Beattie and the girls soccer team are in new territory, not since 1995 has the Wreckers girls soccer team made the trip to the state final.

These teams are a win away from making their goal from the beginning of the season a reality, but it has been possible because they both have been playing their best and keeping the groove going strong headed into Saturday afternoon. It will take just one more game to continue the success, but with each team playing at such a high level, the confidence and rythmn are at all-time highs. It will come down to keeping it up.

ajohnson@hearstmedia

ct.com; @aronJohnson_

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