By Matt Ratajczak
Over the years, many Met Oval alumni have been fortunate enough to continue their soccer careers at a number of historic college soccer programs across the country, including St. Johns, UConn, and Columbia. Last year, eighteen Met Oval players went on to college across the country.
Three standout Met Oval products saw exceptional success during their 2013 college soccer seasons. The players include Kevin Correa of St. Francis College, Kaique Fernandes of Iowa Western Community College, and Will Mileski of Wesley College.
Correa exploded for a team high 13 goals and 6 assists on his way to leading St. Francis to its first NCAA Division 1 tournament berth in 31 years, discounting their play-in game loss in 1998. The striker garnered 2013 NSCAA Third Team All American and 2013 NSCAA First Team All-Atlantic selections for his outstanding performance. Head coach Tom Giovatto had glowing remarks of Correa. “Kevin’s a big time player. He’s a forward that scores goals, the big, important goals. He’s great; can’t really say enough about him as a player and what he’s done for our program here at St. Francis.”
Wesley College’s Will Mileski has been named the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Rookie of the Year, the first Wolverine to earn the honor. Mileski tallied a team-high 8 goals and 4 assists during his first college season, which garnered a second team all conference selection. We had a chance to catch up with Mileski about his collegiate success and experience at Met Oval. “I’m very proud to have been a part of the Met Oval organization, because it gave me the opportunity to play at the highest competitive level of soccer... I really believe the Met Oval prepared me very well to compete and have an impact at the college level.”
Kaique Fernandes garnered a 2013 NJCAA All-Tournament team selection while helping Iowa Western Community College win an NJCAA national championship during a perfect (25-0) season. .
U-12 Squad Wins Soccer Coliseum Tourney
The Met Oval U-12 team won the Soccer Coliseum tournament this weekend, besting World Class, DUSC, Brooklyn Italians, and many other squads. Led by coach Christian Galvan, the team went undefeated while winning 5 straight games. By winning the tournament, the team earned an invitation to the Tournament of Champions later this winter.