Crestwood Junior High Co-Ed Soccer Team Concludes 9-2 Season

Players and parents recently gathered one more time to attend the Booster Club’s end of the season banquet. After a great deal of good food and socializing, coach Zabiegalski and Booster Club President Diane Wimpfhimer addressed the attendees. President Wimpfhimer thanked all the players, booster club volunteers, and parents for their hard work this season. Looking to the future, Mrs. Wimpfhimer encouraged players to train hard to be able to compete in our competitive division and encouraged parents to continue supporting and participating in the Booster Club. Coach Zabiegalski about the various ways the team met and exceeded their goals for the year.

The successful season was made possible by a combination of 8th grade players demonstrating skill and leadership as well as 7th graders filling in key spots. Goalkeeper Aidan Zabiegalski did everything a starting keeper should do in a season. He directed the defense, stopped nearly everything that came his way, and created offensive breaks. In the end, Aidan’s goals against average was only .6 goals per game.

Part of that incredible average had to do with Crestwood’s stellar defense led by Madison Krawontka. Madi was nearly unbeatable and the center of an almost entirely female defense. Equally as impressive was Andrea Shipton. Andrea defended brilliantly and her long throw-ins led to many offensive opportunities.

The defense was bolstered by Matt Zwiebel and seventh graders Isabell Termini, Lauren Andrews, Katelyn Whetstone, Kelly Velehoski, and Dean Ambosie proved that Crestwood’s defense is in safe hands next year.

Crestwood’s mid field was deep with highly skilled players. Dylan Gesford and Max Gariano dominated play in the middle of the field. Max finished the year with a team high thirteen goals. Thomas Roberts, Kiera Hinkle, and Hubert Herra, shared left mid field duties. Thomas tallied five goals for the comets this year. Luke Evans and Taylor Tomalinas each brought strength, speed, and skill to the team and held right mid field duties this year. Melissa Herra’s amazing skills garnered her time at both the mid field and forward position. Seventh grader forwards Chyanne Cook and Will Ziegler were tremendous additions to the team. Chyanne finished second in scoring with eight goals while Will netted five. Zach Valentino and Josh Rusinko also played up top scoring goals, providing assists, and nonstop hustle. Sebastian Rucco showed his versatility this season by playing nearly every offensive position. Eighth grader Sam Brumagin spent most of the season supporting the team because of injury, but rejoined her teammates on the field for the final two games.

The Comet “B” team was undefeated this year. Goal keepers Michelle Heller and Chris Smith anchored the defense and gained experience. Eighth grade defenders Kiara Tereska, Matt Zwiebel, Amber Hughes, and Justin Glowacki led the way while Dee Evans quietly proved she could hold her own. Delani Munson, Liz Katulka, Kaitlyn Rossi, Matt Shipton, Dylan Walsh, and Amanda Ryman played primarily mid field positions showing that they are ready to challenge for starting positions next year. Seventh graders Justin Kachurak and Chris Gegaris showed they have the skills and desire to make an impact next year.