By Derek Etter
Social Media & Marketing Editor
The boy’s Red Lion Soccer varsity team started their new season with a drive to make it to championships.
After school every day they practice at the Junior High fields until 4:30, honing their techniques and building stamina.
By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
A goal for the season to reach counties and districts has been reached by the Red Lion boys soccer team.
The team, with a current record of 12-6, continues to push their way through districts. Success was enjoyed from early on as the team won their first four games, and the success only grew from there.
“We have achieved this by working hard in practices,” Coach Mike Watt said. “Each player understands their role not the team.”
By Shawn Gunarich
News & Features Editor
It has been a defining year in Red Lion boys soccer as the boys went up against Gettysburg in counties, while they lost an upset 1-0 it was in all a good game. “It was hard fought, by far hardest game of the season,” Colby Myers Junior said, “It’s been seven years since we have went to counties”.
The boys had a memorable year beating their rival Dallastown 3-2, this is the first time Red Lion boys soccer have beaten Dallastown at soccer in seven seasons.
They also beat South Western in a 6-2 game to boost the boys motivation. “We could keep up with the other teams but it was hard because we are a small team,” Myers said, “We couldn’t get physical.”
Red Lion boys closed down their season with a varsity record of 8-4-3 in the regular season and a postseason record of 8-5-3. Junior varsity wrapped up their season with a record of 14-3. “We had a few misses, but that’s part of life,” Junior Roger Shultz said, “But we still had an overall good season.”
The boys are not done yet with districts right around the corner, and they are set to play rescheduled games in the coming future. “This season will be the most remembered season of my career,” Junior Cameron Gebhart said.
By Adrianna Clinton
After humbly beginning his soccer career with the Windsor Recreation team 13 years ago, Scott Rissler will now play Division I soccer for Duquesne University next fall.
Rissler recently committed to the school located in the Pittsburgh-area, and will be majoring in Forensic Science & Law. After touring the campus, he really liked Pittsburgh and that the campus was “really unique.”
According to Rissler, the soccer program is “on the rise...they got a new coach two years ago. They’re moving in the right direction, and I like what the team’s about,” Rissler said.
He was pursued by other D-I schools, such as the University of Delaware, Lehigh University, Bucknell and Cornell.
Ever since the age of five, Rissler has been playing soccer: “every little kid plays soccer,” the goalkeeper said. However, not every little kid goes on to have the stellar career that Rissler has had.
After his sophomore season, he was named a York-Adams League Division I First Team All-Star.
The next year, he was a captain for Red Lion and received Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team honors. He was the only junior in the goalkeeper category to be given the accolade.
Prior to this season, the goalkeeper was named to the TopDrawerSoccer All-America Preseason Watch List, being one of 19 players from the state to be chosen.
During his senior soccer season, Rissler elected to “take a bigger step in [his] soccer career” and play for the D.C. United Youth Development Academy Team, which he joined in spring of 2014.
According to its website, the focus of the D.C. United youth program is to “develop players to their full potential and consistently place players on youth national teams, top collegiate programs, and ultimately with D.C. United’s First Team.”
Three or four nights a week, Rissler travels to Washington, D.C. for practice. Rissler just played in a showcase in Florida, which wraps up the fall season.
“We have a small break now. The spring season will begin in January, and June is playoffs,” Rissler said, adding that, “It is the highest level of youth soccer and is part of the best league in the country.”
Currently, the team is ranked eighth in the country and second in its conference.
Rissler has high hopes for his college career, and perhaps even beyond that.
“I hope to start my freshman year [for Duquesne], definitely my sophomore year. I hope to get accolades within the region in A10, and be named All-A10 once or twice,” Rissler said. “I have aspirations to play pro, but if it happens, it happens. I have a good opportunity with D.C. United.”
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