Monday, June 10, 2019...WELLAND - Tuesday, June 11th will see the Niagara College men's and women's soccer programs play host to the sixth annual Niagara Region High School Soccer showcase at Youngs SportsPlex in Welland. The event will see more than 80 of the area's best high school soccer players representing 22 Niagara Region schools come together for a pair of best-on-best games designed to showcase the high talent level that exists in the local high school soccer ranks.
"This event continues to strengthen our relationship with the Niagara high school soccer scene." says Niagara College head soccer coach, Frank Dechellis. "This year we are supported by students in our Sports Management program which adds an academic component to the showcase. I am looking forward to Tuesday night."
The event will feature a girls' game at 6:00pm and boys' game following at 8:00pm. The two games will be played on the indoor field at Youngs SportsPlex in Welland, and will feature free admission for all community members.
The annual June showcase games were created back in 2014 by long-time Knights assistant coach Rino Berardi.
"This event was originally created as an opportunity to provide local soccer fans a chance to see all the best soccer players in the Niagara Region playing one game" says Berardi.
The format for the Niagara Region High School Soccer showcase sees each local area high school soccer program invited to send their participants of their choosing to the event. Players are split evenly into two rosters, with MVP award winners being selected from each team at the end of the match.
"This will be my fourth showcase with Niagara College and each year I am more anxious for the event to take place" said Niagara College women's soccer head coach, Rob Lalama. "The caliber and skill of the players keeps improving and the selection process is more difficult because the talent pool keeps improving. Rino works tirelessly ensuring that all players are scouted so we don't miss anyone"
Over the last six years, the Showcase has proved to live up to its potential, having seen many of the game participants continue their competitive soccer careers at Niagara College. In total 30 past, present Knights have participated in the annual showcase event. Leone, Marc Andre Boucher, James D'Annunzio, Fiore Costa, Mike Dagg, Kimbel Donyare, Jake Therrien, Tyler Stranges, Alex Latham, Frankie Scerbo, Oti Frigole, Nick Pringle, Dean Miller, Noah DiEgidio, Jake Casciano, Hayden Ladeceur, Patrick Ioanidis, Michelle Maecker, Sarah Robert, Emily Crowley, Kelsey Synder, Sam Macsai, Lauren Frasca, Kara Latham, Sophia Al-Kayed, Kaitlyn Pressley, Genny Frick, Terin Hultink, Madi Crowe-O'Brien and Hailey Gowel.
Team Blue, boys: Nick Andreola, A.N. Myer; Sebastian Agudo, Holy Cross; Mario Borojevic, Westlane; Nolan Bosetti, Notre Dame; Bradley Connor, Jean Vanier; Jonah Devereux, Lakeshore Catholic; Maxwell Grant, Governor Simcoe; Kylar Lampman, Welland Centennial; Devin Marques, Greater Fort Erie; Cam MacPherson, Grimsby; Liam Mitchell, St. Catharines; Owen Patituccio, Notre Dame; Andres Pelaez, Saint Francis; Jake Richard, Port Colborne; Maxwell Witcomb, Holy Cross; Devin Marques.
Team White, boys: Yazeed Alzughaibi, Sir Winston Churchill; Jonah Boria, Blessed Trinity; Michael DiMaurizo, Denis Morris; Tyler Glasbergen, Smithville Christian; Wyatt Habinski, Greater Fort Erie; Altin Ibrahimi, Holy Cross; Jacob Marshall, Westlane; Marco Primerano, A.N. Myer; Tristan Samuels, Holy Cross; Hartley Slater, Greater Fort Erie; Michael Solomon, Saint Paul; Brandon Wallace, E.L. Crossley; Elijah Wanless, Saint Francis; Noah Wilson, Saint Michael; Connor Carroll; Patryk Solomin.
Team Blue, girls: Reanna Beaudoin, Jean Vanier; Julie Buist, Smithville Christian; Mia DiPasquale, Blessed Trinity; Sam Duncan, Notre Dame; Angeline Galati, Saint Paul; Breanna Habinski, Greater Fort Erie; Macy Hellwig, Denis Morris; Terin Hultink, Smithville Christian; Sydney MacNeil, Saint Francis; Sarah Mateus-Jimenez, Sir Winston Churchill; Parker Midgley, Greater Fort Erie; Sommer Newton, E.L. Crossley; Sarah O'Rourke, Holy Cross; Emily Slota, Denis Morris; Julia Thies, Smithville Christian; Erica VanSoelen, Heritage Christian; Darrien Ryan, Notre Dame; Katharine Solomon, St. Paul; Drew Smith, Blessed Trinity; Sophia Belcastro, Notre Dame.
Team White, girls: Julia Barker, Sir Winston Churchill; Brianna Bishop, A.N. Myer; Lauren Carter, Saint Michael; Kiana DiFrancesco, Sir Winston Churchill; Thalia D'Gyves, Notre Dame; Hailey Gawel, Lakeshore Catholic; Emily Iudicianni, A.N. Myer; Nadia Lobzun, Denis Morris; Maria MacLean, Saint Paul; Isabelle Newkirk, Governor Simcoe; Olivia Noyes, Notre Dame; Kaitlyn Pressley, Thorold; Kennedy Saxton, Welland Centennial; Madison Small, Governor Simcoe; Eileen Sulliman, Greater Fort Erie; Reanna Beaudoin, Jean Vanier; Grace Luey, Port Colborne High.