Thursday, December 17, 2009

CMH Soccer Player Recognized

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Catholic Memorial Junior Earns a Spot on the
2009 NSCAA/adidas All-Regional Team
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The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced last week that Val Gonyo, presently a junior at Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) in Waukesha, WI, earned a spot on the 2009 NSCAA/adidas All-Regional Team for her play during her sophomore year. Gonyo, the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, has scored game-winning goals in 11 of the 14 Classic 8 conference games during her career as a Crusader. Coach John Burke said about Val, “In the modern game of soccer, a player’s versatility has become more important than ever. Val has the ability to accomplish a wide variety of technical and tactical objectives for our team, and she possesses a remarkable willingness to do whatever it takes to help our CMH achieve our goals. She also shows leadership in the classroom with her work in the International Baccalaureate Program, so we are proud of Val for many reasons beyond just soccer.”
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Val Gonyo led the Crusaders in scoring during her freshman and sophomore seasons, and she credits her teammates for unselfishly supporting her on and off the field. Val currently has 52 goals and 12 assists for a 116 career point total, which puts her on pace to become one of the top-5 scorers in the history of CMH girls’ soccer. Like the finest CMH scorers Leslie Osborne and Nicole Cameli who graduated before her, Val demonstrates the ability to score goals even when opponents assign two or three players mark her.
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Also contributing to Val’s success is her unwavering dedication to CMH’s motto, Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things). Among a variety of service efforts which Val makes, coaching children in TOPSoccer, a program that teaches soccer to children with special needs, is especially important to her. Although Val Gonyo’s skills on the field get the most attention, her academic accomplishments as an honor student with a 3.6 GPA and her community service activities help distinguish her as the complete CMH student-athlete.





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