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High School Soccer on Full Display During Niagara Region Showcase

High School Soccer on Full Display During Niagara Region Showcase

Wednesday, June 13th saw the Niagara College men's and women's soccer programs play host the 5th annual Niagara Region High School Soccer showcase at Youngs SportsPlex in Welland. The event featured a pair a games featuring more than 80 local soccer standouts representing 22 local area high schools.

"The purpose of this game is to celebrate Niagara High School soccer, while also promoting Niagara College and our soccer program" said Niagara Knights men's soccer head coach Frank DeChellis. "For the students who are not in Grade 12 yet, I hope participating in a college operated event is a catalyst for giving more thought to their post-secondary plans."

The event has blossomed since its inception back in 2014" Added Knights men's assistant coach Rino Berardi, "the showcase has evolved into a game that is not your typical all-star game. In the sense that both teams are competing hard and trying to win.  It has truly become a fun game to watch."

Competition was the theme of the evening as both matches were tight, fast-paced, and back-and-forth affairs.

On the girls' side, team blue edged out a hard fought 3-1 victory. Brianna Bishop (A.N. Myer), Hailey Gawel (Lakshore Catholic), an Alyssa Arcand (Jean Vanier) scored for team blue, while Sommer Newton out of E.L. Crossley found the back of the net for team white.

The MVPs of the girls' contest were Brianna Bishop (AN Myer) for team blue and Terin Hultink of Smithville Christian.

""This was my 3rd Showcase event" said Niagara Knights women's head coach Rob Lalama. "And I've got to say tonight's caliber of pay was the best I've seen. These players came to win and to show off their skill set."

The boys' game was an equalling low scoring matchup. Team white narrowly picked up a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. The teams entered halftime tied 0-0. Team blue's Patrick Alvarez out of Holy Cross scored five minutes into the second half. Team white rallied just five minutes later when Sebastian Argudo notched the game tying goal. The two teams traded chances until team white's Evan Charnock (Denis Morris) scored the game winner with just seven minute remaining.

Charnock was named his team's MVP, while Oreyn Hall (St. Michael Catholic) earned the accolade for team Blue.

"We are truly impressed by the effort and competitive spirit that the players brought to this event" continued DeChellis.  "Seeing players like Tamas Kalenda, Dean Miller, Nolan Bosetti, Kate Raso and Danielle Brinker show up to this game sends me back in time to when I knew them when they were just getting started.  This is the case for all of our coaches as this event is where our past and current soccer lives collide."

Boys' Team Blue

1 Hunter Oakley - Blessed Trinity CHS

2 Matt Scocchia - Grimsby SS

3 Tamas Kalenda - EL Crossley SS

4 Oreyn Hall - St. Michael CHS

5 Patrick Alvarez - Blessed Trinity CHS

6 Michael Fernandez - Denis Morris CHS

7 Ivan Mamic - St. Francis CHS

8 Xavier Makris - Grimsby SS

9 Nick Andreola - AN Meyer SS

10 Connor Carroll - Holy Cross CHS

11 Oti Frigole - Governor Simcoe SS

12 Nick Pringle - Governor Simcoe SS

13 Jonah Boria - Blessed Trinity CHS

14 Nolan Bosetti - Notre Dame

15 Noah Dabramo - St. Paul CHS

16 Matt Wnukowski - Notre Dame

17 Jordan VanHerwynen - Smithville Christian HS

18 Mario Borojevic - Westlane SS  

19 Alonso Gaci - St. Francis CHS

20 Duncan Glancy - EL Crossley SS

21 Dean Miller - Port High HS

22 Matt Fang - Lakeshore CHS


1 Anthony Marroquin - Denis Morris CHS

2 Taylor Miscolzi - Notre Dame

3 Josh Allegro - AN Meyer SS

4 Patrick Loanidis - Greater Fort Erie

5 Victor Kariuki - St. Paul CHS

6 Tristan Samuel - Holy Cross CHS

7 Luka Peso - Holy Cross CHS

8 Altin Ibrahimi - Holy Cross CHS

9 Evan Charnock - Denis Morris CHS

10 Nick DiPasquale - St. Francis CHS

11 Marco Primerano - AN Meyer SS

12 Sebastian Argudo - Holy Cross CHS

13 Jarret Heidebrecht - Centennial SS

14 Taylor Desmarais - Port High HS

15 Ian Hauber - Jean Vanier

16 Bradley Connor - Jean Vanier

17 Hayden Ladecour - Denis Morris CHS

18 Jake Casciano - St. Paul CHS

19 Kylar Lampman - Centennial SS

20 Riley Hart - St. Michael CHS

21 Caleb Crawford - Sir Winston Churchill

22 Cole Giarratano - Denis Morris CHS


GIRLS Team Blue

1 Julia Thies - Smithville Christian HS

2 Isabelle Newkirk - Governor Simcoe SS

3 Carley Ibey - St.Michael CHS

4 Mia DiPasquale - Blessed Trinity CHS

5 Julia Barker - Sir Winston Churchill

6 Kaitlyn Pressley - Thorold High

7 Brianna Bishop - AN Meyer SS

8 Laryn Palin - Blessed Trinity CHS

9 Hailey Gowel - Lakeshore CHS

10 Alyssa Arcand - Jean Vanier

11 Annie Ibey - St. Michael CHS

12 Madison Rotella - St. Michael CHS

13 Isabella DeNardi - Lakeshore

14 Stephanie Isherwood - Denis Morris CHS

15 Danielle Brinker - Jean Vanier

16 Kate Knafelc - EL Crossley SS

17 Madi Crowe-O'Brien - Beamsville HS

18 Sarah Scerbo - St.Paul CHS

19 Sierra Dykstra - Governor Simcoe SS

GIRLS Team White

1 Jenna Hamann - Notre Dame

2 Breanna Habinski - Greater Fort Erie

3 Linsay Horton - Notre Dame

4 Jesalyn Rothney - Sir Winston Churchill

5 Kate Raso - Notre Dame CHS

6 Lauren Berlingeri - AN Meyer SS

7 Terin Hultink - Smithville Christian HS

8 Jordan Gabriele - Sir Winston Churchill

9 Thalia D'Gyves - Notre Dame

12 Olivia Iannotta - Blessed Trinity CHS

13 Sarah O'Rourke - Holy Cross CHS

14 Sophia Al-Kayad - St. Francis CHS

15 Catherine Wirkkunen - Centennial SS

16 Samantha Duncan - Notre Dame

17 Shelby Parker - Holy Cross CHS

18 Sommer Newton - EL Crossley SS

19 Madison Small - Governor Simcoe SS

20 Sam Seburn - Thorold High

21 Kyra Eaton - Lakeshore CHS

22 Jocelyn Allan - AN Meyer SS