SDA PLAYERS EARN RECOGNITION AS SOCCER STANDOUTS
Two SDA players from Baldwinsville were chosen for All America honors on behalf of United Soccer Coaches organization. Both Kelsey DeLola and Nate Hannah also lead the list of SDA players named to All-CNY or All-State teams.
“It means a lot to me,” DeLola says, crediting “the amazing coaches I’ve had” with her success. Hanna also was flattered to earn the national recognition.
The All-America ceremony and reception takes place in January in Chicago during the United Soccer Coaches Convention. Organizers say the event is designed to celebrate the best amateur soccer players in the United States and is expected to draw 1,400 male and female attendees from youth, high school and college level soccer, many of whom began playing the game around kindergarten.
DeLola says she was 5 years old when she started recreational soccer. “When I would get home from practice, I just would dribble the ball around, basically all the time.” She played forward when she was younger before settling into the center midfield as an SDA player. She likes playing there because “I see the field well. I always like to have the ball and try to control the game.”
DeLola committed to Villanova University her sophomore year of high school. A coach contacted her after seeing her play at a Disney showcase event. DeLola visited the school in Pennsylvania. “I loved the size of the campus and how welcome the coach made me feel.”
Hanna also began playing soccer when he was little. By high school, he made the commitment to play with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which meant training three or four days a week in Rochester and traveling for games on the weekends. For this senior year, he opted to pull out of the academy and play with his high school team instead.
He’s a goalkeeper. “I handle pressure very well,” Hanna says. “I like the excitement of making a save, and the crowd goes wild.”
He is credited with 18 shutouts this season and only two goals against — until the team’s last game, a 4-1 loss, in the final four. Hanna intends to play soccer in college and is in the process of deciding where.
Coaches are proud when their players excel, says Mike Paolini, the director of soccer at SDA. “Placing our players in college and seeing them achieve honors is the most rewarding part of coaching.
Named to New York All-State Girls teams were DeLola, Hannah Knych, Hannah Mimas and Simone Neivel from Class AA; Abby Buchholz, Tori Cruz, Grace Dimkopoulos, Emma Hermann, Arysa Lux and Sydney Tanner from Class A; Sophia Caron, Sydni Dreimiller, Hannah Freeman, Elyse Jackson, Mayle Lupia-Eannace, Anna Vetsch and Caitlyn Williams from Class B; Lauren Chamberlain and Lauren Reeves from Class C; and Delaney Rutan from Class D.
Named to Pennsylvania All-State Girls teams were Madison Gilhool and Rachel Hutchison.
The All-State Boys teams were David Bozak, Riley Burke, Hanna, Casey Phillips, Samuel Stoogenke and Ian Zingaro.
Named to the All-CNY Girls team were Rachel Dobricki, Anna Hartzheim, Franchesca Polcaro, Hayley Quackenbush and Morgan Siechen, in addition to Buchholz, Chamberlain, DeLola, Dimkopoulos, Dreimiller, Jackson, Knych, Lupia-Eannace, Lux, Mimas, Neivel and Tanner.
Named to the All-CNY Boys team were Jack Aronson, Sean Belcher, Charlie Bolesh, David Bosak, Riley Burke, Ryan Cacace, Alexander Charest, Nate Hanna, Cameron Houser, Jordan Knapp, Caden Stafford, Sam Stoogenke and Ian Zingaro.