Andreola bids farewell
Team Blue beat Team White 10-3 in the boys game at the 2019 Niagara Region Soccer Showcase presented by the Niagara College Knights soccer program. Photo by Ryan McCullough/Niagara Knights.
Nick Andreola went out a winner.
The Grade 12 student at A.N. Myer scored a goal and was named his team’s player of the game as his Team Blue thumped Team White 10-3 in the boys game at the 2019 Niagara Region Soccer Showcase presented by the Niagara College Knights soccer program.
“It was a nice farewell with all the guys,” the 18-year-old said. “We are all friends and we all play together.”
The centre midfielder on his school team was all business once he hit the field for the all-star game.
“You want to have fun, but you still want to put on a show for everyone,” he said. “You play hard, you play with your friends and you try to have a good time.”
Andreola had a good time playing with the A.N. Myer Marauders soccer team this season and helped the squad qualify for its second straight Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations’ AAA championship.
At the provincial championship in Sarnia, Myer went 3-1 in pool play before losing 5-1 to Cardinal Ambrozic in the quarter-finals.
“It was a good send-off,” he said.
Andreola enjoyed his time at Myer.
“The coaches were always dedicated and they did whatever they could to make sure we were always ready,” he said. “Even at OFSAA, they were preparing meals for us and it was a great experience.”
This fall, he will attend Laurier to study business and math and hopefully play for that school’s men’s soccer program.
“The way Laurier does it is open tryouts so in August everyone will go there,” he said. “I have gone to a few recruitment sessions and those went well.”
He feels his game will translate well at the post-secondary level.
“I definitely need to get a little stronger, but I am willing to put in the work.”
He’s motivated by one thing.
“It’s competing,” Andreola said. “I just love competing.”
This summer, he will be playing travel ball with the Club Italia under-21 team.
Making up Team Blue were: Maxwell Witcomb, Holy Cross; Jake Richard, Port Colborne; Nolan Bosetti, Notre Dame; Owen Patitucci, Notre Dame; Cam MacPherson, Grimsby; Jonah Devereaux, Lakeshore Catholic; Nick Andreola, A.N. Myer; Maxwell Grant, Governor Simcoe; Andres Pelaez, St. Francis; Mario Borojevic, Westlane; Liam Mitchell, St. Catharines Collegiate; Sebastian Agudo, Notre Dame; Devin Marques, Greater Fort Erie.
Making up Team White were: Jacob Marshall, Westlane; Patryk Solomin, Holy Cross; Tyler Glasbergen, Smithville Christian; Brandon Wallace, E.L.Crossley; Altin Ibrahimi, Holy Cross; Elijah Wanless, St. Francis; Michael Solomon, Saint Paul; Noah Wilson, Saint Michael, Wyatt Habinski, Greater Fort Erie; Hartley Slater, Greater Fort Erie; Michael DiMaurizio, Denis Morris; Marco Primerano, A.N. Myer; Connor Carroll, Holy Cross.
Blue 10 White 3
BPSN Players of the Game: Nick Andreola from Team Blue and Michael Solomon from Team White.
For Team Blue: Andreola; Devin Marques 3; Max Grant 2; Liam Mitchell 2; Sebastian Agudo; Andres Pelaez.
For Team Blue: Solomon; Marco Primerano; Elijah Wanless.