The Staples girls soccer team has won two straight FCIAC regular season titles and advanced to the state final each year, where it experienced close back-to-back losses to Ridgefield.
The Wreckers are on a run with highly talented players, including all-conference back Mia Gonzalez, one of the leaders on defense. Gonzalez will be one of the team’s captains this season as it looks to again make runs at postseason championships.
TRR: How tough was it to get to two straight state finals and have disappointing outcomes?
MG: It really stung but I feel that has only made us as a team want to win more. We’re trying to focus on putting both the state championships and the FCIACs as well behind us and we’re just going to focus on the season ahead. We’re not going to take any games for granted.
TRR: Do you think it is harder to get to the state final or to win it?
MG: I feel from our past experiences it is probably harder to win it for us because we haven’t had much luck with that. To get through all those games before is also extremely, extremely hard. So I guess they are equally hard. Once you get to the end you have to finish it.
TRR: You have had four players named All-FCIAC each of the last two years. What is it like to play with so many talented teammates?
MG: It’s great. It is really easy because everyone can play with each other and everyone on the team is really good. Not only the ones who were named All-FCIAC but the whole starting lineup as well as the whole entire team. It’s great that four people were named All-FCIAC players and it’s a real testament to how hard everyone works.
TRR: You get to play with your sister Gaby. What is that like?
MG: It’s awesome. I really enjoy it. We work really well together. And it’s really unique because it’s the first time I’ve actually been able to play with her. Our chemistry playing right next to each other on the back line is awesome. She tells me what to do, I tell her what to do and it’s great. I love it.
TRR: What is the most unusual or interesting thing about you most people don’t know?
MG: I have a lot of superstitions so before every game or before practices there are certain things that I have to do. Like certain things with my cleats. When lacing up my shoes, I lace up the shoe the whole entire way.