Western Reserve Academy athletic director Herb Haller is quite pleased with the Pioneers success in several sports this summer and fall; including boys soccer, girls soccer, girls field hockey and boys golf.
Haller is the boys soccer coach and has led the team to a 12-0-1 record and a No. 1 ranking in the Division III state coaches poll with three matches left.
Sophomore forward Ryan Hassell, a Bermuda native, leads WRA with 25 goals and one assist. Senior Rishav Banerjee of Twinsburg has 11 goals and nine assists.
Seniors Federico Silva (10 goals and three assists) and Scott Schultz (six shutouts) are both key players that hail from Hudson.
WRA has wins over ranked teams Gates Mills Hawken and Mansfield Christian, and locally against St. Vincent-St. Mary, Firestone, Kent Roosevelt, Canton Central Catholic, Walsh Jesuit and St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Pioneers’ lone draw came against defending Division I state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius this past Saturday.
“We have a pretty good team this year,” Haller said. “Up until Saturday, on the attacking end of things we have been scoring left and right. That was the first time going into a match I knew our [defensive] backs would be tested. That is what made it so much fun. Ignatius presented some matchups that challenged us and we presented some matchups that challenged them.”
Hudson residents senior Jack McCormick, junior Joe Blanda, junior David Ma and sophomore Kurt Haller also play integral roles for WRA. Other key players on the team are junior Alex Campana (Twinsburg), senior Connor Polak (Cincinnati) and Till Bethge (Germany).
WRA plays Archbishop Hoban tonight (10-4) and CVCA on Thursday (10-11)