STAMFORD — The Staples High School girls soccer team has been an unstoppable force thus far this season.
The Wreckers wouldn’t allow Mother Nature to keep them from an appointed FCIAC triumph Tuesday.
Staples remained the leaders in the FCIAC West Division as they downed Westhill, 4-1 at the Vikings’ field.
The contest was called at the start of the second half as persistent thunder (but no visible lightning) had the referees call for a mandatory 30 minute delay due to audible thunder. The rule states that the 30-minute clock resets each time thunder is heard.
So after waiting in safety for about 18 minutes, the coaches agreed to call the game since darkness would have been an issue if play had resumed. Because the first half was completed, it was deemed an official contest.
STAPLES’ OFFENSE PERCOLATES
With the victory, Staples has scored 31 goals and allowed just two goals while rolling to an 8-0-1 record to lead the FCIAC West Division.
The Wreckers’ combination of speed, physicality and height in the box led to building a 3-0 edge less than 18 minutes in.
Mario Von der Ahe put home an Ashley Wright pass just 7:18 into the clash for 1-0. Wright tallied off an Alex Hamer feed just 15:28 in for 2-0. Ava Simunovic scored off a right side corner kick by Hamer just 17:56 in for 3-0.
Catherine Sprouls hit a bullet under the crossbar from 30 yards out off a Reese Sutter pass just 8:47 before intermission for 4-1.
“We moved the ball brilliantly. All four were high-quality goals,” Staples coach Barry Beattie said. “I’m upset that the result had to stand even though we only played a half. It’s too bad for Westhill. They never had a chance to rally.
“We work on winning the ball and attacking. Our quick passing and movement creates imbalances against the opposing defense,” Beattie continued. “After playing a poor second half in our 1-1 tie with McMahon last Saturday, it was good to see us bounce back today.”
NO JUSTICE FOR WESTHILL
With the loss, Westhill falls to 2-4-2 on the season. The Vikings are 0-4-1 in their last five contests (Danbury, Warde, St. Joseph, Trumbull, Staples).
Corinne Dente had the lone goal for Westhill as Staples goalie Zoe Barnett registered just two saves. Niamh Keogh made eight saves for the Vikings.
Westhill is now 1-1 lifetime in contests called by thunder or lightning.
“We won a game in weather like this against Greenwich back in 2007,” Westhill’s veteran coach Dave Flower said. “We’ve been inconsistent all season. Some days we fight. Some days we don’t. We just have to move on from today. Our girls still want to win. They want to work to change things.”
STAPLES 4, WESTHILL 1
Records: Staples 8-0-1, 8-0-1 FCIAC; Westhill 2-4-2, 2-4-2 FCIAC. Goals: S—Marlo Von der Ahe, Ashley Wright, Ava Simunovic, Catherine Sprouls. W—Corinne Dente. Assists: S—Wright, Alex Hamer 2, Reese Sutter. Goalies: S—Zoe Barnett (2 saves). W—Niamh Keogh (8 saves). Note: Game called at start of 2nd half by continuing thunder. Official contest since 1st half was completed.