Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School is proud to announce our that we have six soccer players on this year’s All-Catholic Team. Senior Ryan Gall, Junior Tyler Huck, and Sophomore Tom Knuth all received first team honors.
Seniors Ryan Cuddihy, Jackson Dunn, and Cameron Velasquez were named to the second team.
Tigers Soccer finished in second place in the Msgr. Martin Class B division. Congratulations to our entire team on a great season.
Q&A with Coach Zak Persichini
What was special about this year’s team?
This team was special from the very beginning. We had the outstanding senior leadership. Each senior stepped up at various points of the season. But what made this team different from others is that they were resilient. There was a never quit attitude, the team never gave up nor did they ever think they were out of a game. It would have been the easy decision to avoid playing those teams in A division, Canisius, Joe's, etc. We wanted to play all of those A division teams twice. That's how you get better as a team. The guys this year never backed down. We held Canisius and Joe's, making everything difficult for them. Then we held Nichols to two 1-0 losses (although one was technically a tie, lost in OT). And then we beat St. Francis and lost to them by 1 in another game. This group of guys always believed, they always had faith. In many ways, this group embodied what Timon is all about, they truly lived by the motto Fortes in Fide.
Any stats that jump out from this season?
We ended the season with 10 losses, but 5 of those were by 1 goal. It was quite an amazing stat in a number of ways. First off, that is extremely disappointing, but the team just kept coming back for more. Second of all, it shows just how competitive this team was. Other stats, which don't always show everything about a season, include Tom Knuth finishing with 11 goals, Tyler Huck finishing with 6 goals, Fynn Margott finishing with 5 goals, and Ryan Gall finishing with 4 shutouts this season.
What does the future look like for Timon Soccer?
We are losing 7 seniors, all of whom were integral to this team. However, we will be returning Tyler Huck, an All Catholic midfielder/forward, as well as a number of sophomores and freshman. Among the sophomores, Mike Szwed started ever game this season, while Sean Gavin started all but three games this season. A number of freshman were also able to contribute on this finalist team, including Joe McNamara, Josh Bentkowski, and Romal Johnson. There is a ton of potential among the freshman and sophomores. Next season will be another opportunity to try to capitalize on what will still be a special group. The goal is to get back to the championship and finish what this group helped to start.