Boys Soccer – Five from CBA’s Loaded Squad Sign NLI’s on Wednesday
Five members of the Christian Brothers Academy soccer program officially became Division I soccer signees Wednesday and as the five Colts standouts look ahead to their futures, they will always be remembered for what they already accomplished in high school.
Matt Thorsheim, Tom Judge, Ryan O'Connor, Ryan Nigro and Aedan Boriotti were part of a 24-1 CBA team that finished the 2016 season as the No. 1 team in N.J. and won the program's sixth NJSIAA Non-Public A championship and 10th Shore Conference Tournament crown. Wednesday, each signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the next level.
Thorsheim was named the Shore Sports Network Player of the Year for the second consecutive season this past fall after helping to lead the Colts to one of the best seasons in the illustrious history of the program. He scored 14 goals - including the game-winner in the 73rd minute in a 1-0 win over Seton Hall Prep in the state final - and assisted on 21 others. He was also recognized as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The midfielder will play at Bucknell, where his older brother Chris also starred for four years.
Judge was an All-Shore defender for a second straight season, this time on the first team. Judge scored six goals and seven assists as an outside fullback for the Colts and will continue his playing career at James Madison.
O'Connor did not play high school soccer until this past fall, when he added another talented player to the middle of CBA's formation. O'Connor finished with four goals and six assists in his lone high school season and will move on to play at Loyola Maryland.
Nigro was a steady prenence in the middle of the pitch during each of his two varsity seasons with the Colts and his senior campaign yielded a goal and seven assists, as well as an All-Shore spot for a second straight year. Nigro signed with New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday.
Boriotti served as CBA's goalkeeper each of the past two seasons and was an All-Shore keeper each year. He logged a combined 27 shutouts over those two seasons and matched a single-season record with 14 shutouts as a junior. Boriotti is set to play at Rutgers in the fall.
CBA senior Andrew Venezia, who did not play on the CBA team, also signed Wednesday to play soccer at Lafayette.