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WATERTOWN ASSOCIATION FOR YOUTH SOCCER

WATERTOWN ASSOCIATION FOR YOUTH SOCCER

MEET OUR CAMP TRAINERS

Meadow Mancini

 

School: Sacred Heart University

Position: Forward

When did you start playing soccer?

I started playing soccer when I was 4 years old.

Why did you want to play soccer?

I wanted to play soccer because a lot of my family members played.

Why do you play soccer now?

I love the sport not only for the competitiveness, but through these experiences I have met lifelong friends and teammates

Coolest experience you had playing soccer?

Competing for a National Championship in Seattle!

Fun Fact:

I love ice cream

 

Any Other Information:

* Connecticut Gatorade Player Of the Year 2018/2019

* State Record for fastest goal

* State Record for most goals

* All NVL x3

* All New England x3

* All State x3

* Suburban player of the year

* All-NEC Second Team

* All-NEC Rookie Team

* All-NEC Second Team Forward

* ECNL PDP

 

Emma Zaccagnini

School: UCONN

Position: center mid

When did you start playing soccer? 5 years old

Why did you want to play soccer? My parents threw me into all sports so I didn’t have a choice really but I ended up liking it a lot.

Why do you play soccer now? I fell in love with the game and I love how many friends it brings me, being on different teams.

Coolest experience you had playing soccer? I got to go to Barcelona to play soccer against an Irish team, a team from Spain, and I team from Denmark. We got to stay there for 2 weeks and tour the area too which was an amazing experience!

Fun Fact: My number has changed a lot over the years; I was 15, 30, 3, 4, and now 11

Any Other Information:

 

Brendan Law

School: Utica College ‘22

Position: Center mid/CDM

Why did you start playing soccer?I started playing soccer when I was 5, in 2005

Why did you want to play soccer? I was originally just trying out all different sports, so I didn’t know I wanted to play soccer right away.

After playing one season in the Little World Cup, I was hooked and dropped all the other sports I was playing to focus on soccer.

Why made you want to play soccer in college? I play soccer now because I worked for my whole life to play in college, and since I reached that goal, I want to show what I have worked so long for. Also, playing on a college team represents more than just a sport. I have a new family and get to play my favorite sport with my best friends and family everyday. We have a true brotherhood and being able to put on a jersey with my best friends motivates me to continue.

Coolest experience playing soccer: I’ve had so many cool experiences playing soccer, like qualifying for a national championship with my club team in Indianapolis and traveling to several different southern states for tournaments. I’d say my coolest/proudest moment was playing in one of the nation’s top club tournaments in Maryland, where I was scouted by some D1 schools such as Yale and UAlbany.

 

Fun fact: I have travelled to play soccer in 11 different states

Other info: played Little World Cup, in-town, and travel up until U12, then played for CFC Samba until 2014, then played regional at AC Connecticut for 4 years during high school.

 

Selected for senior all star game in 2017 (senior year)

 

2x Empire 8 Academic All-conference (2019-2020)

 

Domeniko Skrelja

School: University Of Saint Joseph

Position: Center Back

When did you start playing soccer: When I was 5 years old.

Why did you want to play soccer: My dad played professionally in Germany so I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Why do you play soccer now: I want to keep improving and challenging myself. Also, Winning with my team is the best feeling and I strive for that success.

Coolest experience playing soccer: Making my professional debut for the U-21 Montenegrin National team.

Fun Fact: I have been a captain since freshman year.

Any other information: I speak albanian.

 

Emily Hill

Position: Goalkeeper

College: Utica College

When did you start playing soccer? When I was years old.

Why did you want to play soccer? I wanted to play soccer because my older sister played. I loved going to her games and watching her play. It always looked like so much fun to me so I started playing and fell in love with the game.

Why do you play soccer now? I play soccer now because there’s nothing else in the world that makes me feel as confident, strong, and happy as this game does. Whenever I am stressed or feeling down, playing soccer always cheers me  back up or calms me down.

Coolest Experience Playing Soccer: Soccer has brought me to many new amd interesting places but my coolest experience was traveling to Italy to play in an international tournament. In Italy, we got to play against teams from Finland and Italy  and I got to meet people from all over the world. I even got to train with the Italian National Team coaches.

Fun Fact: I have been a goalkeeper since I was 8 years old and never have changed positions. Something about being in goal gives me so much confidence. I feel like I am unstoppable.

Other Information: Soccer has been and always will be a part of my life. I love playing but throughout my years I have also enjoyed coaching and helping train the younger generation of soccer players. I am looking forward to training these younger players during this camp and can not wait to have fun and spread my knowledge to improve the trainees’ game.

 

Rachel Pieger

School: Eastern Nazarene College

Position: Center Back (Defense)

When did you start playing soccer?: Started playing when I was 6

Why did you want to play soccer?: I fell in love with it after I watched my younger brother play

Why do you play soccer now? It’s a passion of mine and I love the game

Coolest experience you had playing soccer?: Playing in an international tournament in Italy

Fun Fact: I drink Arethusa chocolate milk every morning of game day

 

Nick Cancellero

My name is Nicholas Cancellaro. I am a center attacking midfielder at Nichols College. I started playing soccer when I was 4 years old, mainly because my brother and cousins played. Soccer still brings me the same joy as it did when I first started playing. The love of the game and my competitiveness is what keeps me motivated to play. My coolest experience playing soccer was going to Ireland, Wales, and England and playing two friendlies in the summer of 2019. We played St. Kevin's Boys FC in Dublin, winning 2-0, and played Tranmere Rovers FC in Liverpool, losing 2-4. I graduated from Watertown High School in 2017 and earned NVL Top Senior, First-Team All-State, and All-NVL honors. A fun fact about me is that I only got one yellow card throughout my whole career and it was supposed to be for a teammate who looked like me after he fouled multiple times.

 

Gjergj Kllobocishta

School- Central Connecticut State University

Position- Center Back , Right Back

When did you start playing soccer?- As long as I can remember

Why did you want to play soccer? - My love for the game and watching Manchester United

Why do you play now? - To stay in shape and my love for the game

Coolest Experience - Playing with/against players who played for top clubs from all over the world

Fun fact - I used to play striker but my coach thought of me better as a defender.

 

Owen Guglielmino

University of Connecticut

Midfielder

As soon as I could kick a ball

My dad played and once I started I fell in love with it

Playing footy allows me to enjoy myself, express myself, work hard and win all at the same time. That’s why I play now, and why I hope to play as long as I can

 

Playing in Germany, Holland, and England and training at Manchester City

Almost every coach I’ve had has thought I was left footed when I’m actually a righty

 

Alyssa Santangeli

School: Emmanuel College

Position: Center Back

Age when starting soccer: As soon as I realized dancing was not for me.

Why did I start: Although originally bribed with ice cream from Teddy, I saw how much fun the rest of my friends were having playing soccer, and I wanted in.

Why do I still play: There’s nothing more addicting than winning a game with your teammates. It’s the best feeling in the world to achieve something surrounded by people you love.

Coolest Experience: Traveling all around the northeast for a shot to win the GNAC tournament with my college team.

Fun Fact: I used to play with no shin guards my senior year in high school, because I thought it gave me good luck. (Spoiler alert, it didn’t and my shins were bruised 24/7- wear your shin guards kids!)

Contact

WATERTOWN ASSOCIATION FOR YOUTH SOCCER
PO Box 21 
Watertown, Connecticut 06795

Email: [email protected]

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