Albion soccer squad gets some gridiron help

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 September 2020 at 11:04 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Senior Alex Gibson, who earned All League honors last year, will help lead the Albion varsity soccer team into the upcoming season.

Hit hard by graduation, the roster of the Albion boys varsity soccer team is getting a welcome boost from several members of the Purple Eagles football squad whose season has been postponed until spring.

The football playrs joining the Purple Eagles include the wide receiver trio of seniors Chris Shabazz and Anthony Freeman and junior Tyler Gibson along with Zac Olles and Jahmeek Riley.

The additions are a good boost for the Purple Eagles which return only seven players from last year’s squad after 13 graduated.

“The football players will really help us,” said Coach Casey Flynn. “They’s got speed and the athleticism and drive they bring will certainly help us .”

The Purple Eagles returning group is led by senior forward Alex Gibson (5 goals, 2 assists) who earned N-O All-League Honorable Mention.

The veteran group also includes seniors Jacob Thom, Zac Albright and Colburn Spierdowis along with juniors Caleb Hyde, Blake Stornelli and Josh Martin.

The Purple Eagles graduation losses include first team All-League honoree midfielder Angel Rosario (8 goals), second team selections midfielder Juan Santiago and defender Spencer Sietman, Honorable Mention picks goalie Omar Peterson and forward Conner Hollenbeck along with forward Sam Sanchez and defender Cole London.

“It’s going to be different on offense with our graduation losses but the football guys should help with our depth and speed,” said Flynn.

Albion, which went 3-6-1 in the league and 5-10-2 overall last fall, is scheduled to open the N-O seasonal home on October 5 against Newfane.


October: 5 – Newfane, 6:45 p.m.; 7 – at Roy-Hart, 6:45 p.m.; 9 – Akron, 6:45 p.m.; 14 – at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.; 16 – Medina, 6:45 p.m.; 23 – at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.; 28 – Roy-Hart, 6:45 p.m.; 30 – at Akron, 4:30 p.m.

November: 2 – Wilson, 6:45 p.m.; 5 – at Medina, 4:30 p.m.