After the first trip to the Section 1 finals in its history, the boys soccer team continued to break records after the season with many players selected for All-League, All-Section and All-State teams. Alex Leahy, captain, had a productive year which garnered him the Section 1 Small School Player of the Year.
“I’m really proud of Alex and all he’s accomplished,” said benchwarmer Will Zimmerman. “There’s nothing better than watching him from the sidelines.”
“I owe all my success to my teammates and the support of the fans,” Leahy said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have accomplished all that we did and made it as far as we did. These awards should have their names on them too.”
Fellow captain John Gross called Leahy “The little engine that could,” referencing how Leahy never gave up on a play or during a mid-season rough patch.
A great player is only as good as his supporting cast, though, and the Bears didn’t lack for talent depth this year. Junior Alex Cabeca, who scored 10 goals, was one of only six players selected from the league to receive an All-Section honor. Additionally, captain Camron Fash was awarded All-Section honorable mention, which completed a big showing for Briarcliff at the award ceremony. Cabeca and others will next year look to fill the large shoes of Leahy, Fash, and Gross as Briarcliff waits for next fall to see what coach Brandon Beck, assistant coach Paul Bordonaro and the boys have in store as a follow-up act.