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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