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Pictured, bottom, from left: Jace Conrad, Brody Schultz, Nate Pearson, John Wright, Michael Strangio, Campbell Sweeney, Walker Woods, Eliot Hoyle and Nate Unversaw; and top, from left: coach Ian Wright, Liam Suitor, Tyler Birmingham, Cody Larson, Cole Hockenberry, Wyatt Leardini, Luca DeBiaso, coach Rick Sweeney and coach Chris Woods. Not pictured: Joey Conti, Muhammed Idris, Tony DeLuke and Everett Dix.
Pictured, bottom, from left: Jace Conrad, Brody Schultz, Nate Pearson, John Wright, Michael Strangio, Campbell Sweeney, Walker Woods, Eliot Hoyle and Nate Unversaw; and top, from left: coach Ian Wright, Liam Suitor, Tyler Birmingham, Cody Larson, Cole Hockenberry, Wyatt Leardini, Luca DeBiaso, coach Rick Sweeney and coach Chris Woods. Not pictured: Joey Conti, Muhammed Idris, Tony DeLuke and Everett Dix.

Niagara Pioneer Renegades Boys take tournament title

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Mon, Jun 10th 2024 04:30 pm

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The Niagara Pioneer Renegades Boys under 14 soccer team recently won the Under 15 Gold Division of the Westlake Invitational Soccer Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Renegades won the championship of the top under-15 division with a roster of 13- and 14-year-old players.

They opened the competition with a 1-1 draw against North Canton. John Wright drew a penalty shot that was converted by Ryan Mercer.

They lost their second match, 3-2, to Solon Soccer Club. After trailing 3-0 at halftime, they closed the gap to a 3-2 margin with Ryan Mercer scoring unassisted and Wyatt Leardini scoring off an assist from Tyler Birmingham.

Their third match was a 4-0 win over Stow. Ryan Mercer opened the scoring with a header off a cross from John Wright. Wyatt Leardini scored the next two goals with shots from 30 yards out over the keeper with assists from Nathan Unversaw and Jace Conrad. The fourth goal was finished by John Wright who knocked home a rebound from a Ryan Mercer shot.

The championship match was a rematch with Solon Soccer Club. John Wright opened the scoring with an assist from Campbell Sweeney with a shot under the crossbar from 25 yards out. Solon rallied back and scored the next two goals before John Wright tied it up again with another shot under the crossbar from 25 yards out assisted by Tyler Birmingham.

The game ended in a 2-2 draw and went to penalty shots. Cody Larson made two saves on Solon penalty shots as the Renegades converted 4 of 5 penalty shots.

Defenders Cole Hockenberry, Liam Suitor, Nate Pearson, Eliot Hoyle, Michael Strangio, Luca DeBiaso and Brody Schultz played tough and well-organized defense over the course of the tournament.

The Renegades are currently 5-1-1 to open the outdoor season and are in first place for the top under-14 division in Western New York.

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