Boys and girls at Garfield Heights Middle School have been working hard since over the summer preparing for the 2016-2017 soccer season. They just completed their season last week in the 2nd Annual Bulldog-Tiger Cup with Cleveland Heights. It is only the third year that Garfield Heights Middle School has offered soccer to boys and girls and there is a very high interest. The girls finished their season over .500 with a record of 7-3-2. The boys also finished strong winning three of their last six regular season games highlighted by a 2-0 shutout over University School.
The girls team were lead on offense by 8th graders Jade Salters with 8 goals, Ta’Niya Wilburn with 7 goals, and 7th grader Bailey Waterbury with 4 assists. On defense, 8th graders Haley Sobocinski, Kiara Graham, and Alex Rauscher helped keep other teams from getting into scoring position. The boys team were led by second-year defenders Ryan Larsen, Jeremy Kunka, and Brian Wegrzyn. Several newcomers, many of whom will return next year, added speed and scoring. Midfielders Jadon Ribiero and Cristian Rodriguez helped create numerous chances on offense. Justin Cartagena, Ey’Honsay David, and Jerry Cooper added a physical presence while Matt McCune settled into the starting goalkeeper role.
The future of soccer in Garfield Heights is bright with approximately 20 student-athletes set to move on and play in High School and more than 30 competing at the Middle School. The Middle School soccer programs are coached by teachers Ryan Schuman and Keith Kneisel.