Three players from the Revere boys soccer team that won the 2013 Division II state championship have finalized their college plans.
Revere soccer coach Sandor Jakab announced seniors Brandon Taylor, Joel Gerberich and Jordon Marich have committed to playing at the next level.
Taylor is headed to Marshall University, Gerberich to Niagara University and Marich to John Carroll University.
“This is a great opportunity for each one of them to continue their playing career,” Jakab said. “Each university appears to be a really solid fit for them so that they can continue to succeed academically and athletically. I think this an extension of our Revere High School program, and that they will represent themselves and our program well at the college level.”
Taylor, Gerberich and Marich have grade-point averages that range from 3.3 to 3.6.
Taylor is a 6-foot defender who started for four years at Revere, which has a 78-5-4 record since 2010.
“It was great to finally win that state championship,” Taylor said. “I look forward to playing at Marshall. They have great players and coaches and I really like the campus a lot. I’m looking forward to my time there.”
Revere finished as state runner-up in 2010 and 2011 and was a district finalist in 2012.
Marich, a 5-foot-11 forward, scored 18 goals this past season. He started at Revere as a junior and senior after playing at Walsh Jesuit as a freshman and sophomore.
“I am optimistic and this is definitely exciting,” Marich said in regards to transitioning to college. “One thing I take from this is that I don’t know what is to come. That is what I am excited about. Everything is about to change and I am ready to move forward with it and see what happens.”
Gerberich, who is 6-foot-4, started for three years as Revere’s goalkeeper. He recorded 39 shutouts in his career.
“Revere has really set me up for a great opportunity in college,” Gerberich said. “All the training we have done and all the leadership they have allowed me to display is certainly helpful as I transition to college.
“Winning a state championship has made me hungry to go after another title, whether it is our league title at Niagara or getting to the NCAA Tournament and winning in that.”
Jakab said senior forward Blake Easterling plans to play on a college soccer team, but is currently undecided on where. Senior midfielder Nolan Dyko is planning on playing for the University of Cincinnati club soccer team.
Revere went 21-0-2 in 2013. The Minutemen scored 101 goals and allowed 11 goals.
St. Vincent-St. Mary seniors Stephen Dages and Brendan Luebbering committed to the University of Mount Union to continue their academic and athletic careers.
St. V-M soccer coach Philip Alvord said Dages and Luebbering were senior captains.
Dages is a three-year varsity letter winner.
“Stephen was the leading scorer for the Fighting Irish with eight goals and six assists,” Alvord said. “He was named first-team all-district, second-team All-Ohio and was elected to the GASCA All-Star Game. Stephen plans to study mechanical engineering.”
Luebbering is a four-year varsity letter winner.
“Brendan fought through a tough ankle injury at the beginning of the season and became the anchor of the Fighting Irish’s backline,” Alvord said. “He was also elected to the GASCA All-Star Game. Brendan plans to study business finance and accounting.”
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