By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 7, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Ryan Mayolo has committed to continue his soccer career under head coach Chris Yeager at Lynchburg College beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Now that I am finally committed after years of training, studying and emailing, I can finally enjoy high school,” said the 5-foot-8, 145-pound Mayolo. “It’s a big relief to be able to truly enjoy the game without worrying who might be watching.”
Mayolo along with seven of his Broad Run Spartan teammates – Derek Fulcher, Evan Kalaris, Bryan Magnuson, Wilmer Maldanado, Lucas Martin, Zach Poretz and JP Reategui – can enjoy playing soccer during their senior seasons as they have committed to play collegiate soccer.
So far playing without the pressure of impressing college coaches has gotten the Spartans off to a 5-0 start in 2014. In 2013, the Spartans took a trip to the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal where they fell to Oakton, ending their season with a 15-5-3 record.
“After last year’s loss to Oakton in the state quarterfinals, we are looking to regroup and have hopes of winning it all this year,” said Mayolo who plays club soccer for the Annandale Hawks. “A lot of the players on the team this year have been playing together since we were young kids so we know exactly what everyone is going to do. It’s a really fun group, and we all get along really well together both on and off the field.”
After trying his hand at other sports throughout his youth, Mayolo settled on his true passion: playing soccer with his friends.
“I have been playing soccer almost since I could walk. My dad played soccer when he was a kid and introduced the sport to me. One of the first toys he got me was a tiny soccer ball,” Mayolo said. “By the age of 10 no one was pushing me to play, I had already fallen in love with the game, and I knew it was going to be something that I wanted to pursue. Soccer makes up a big part of who I am.”
While Mayolo has a natural drive to lace up his cleats and compete on the soccer pitch, the coaching staff at Lynchburg really helped drive Mayolo to the small, private school.
“The coaching staff at Lynchburg is different from the other coaches that I have encountered: they care about their players and value hard work and commitment,” Mayolo said. “The soccer program at Lynchburg is impressive, and I am looking forward to learning from the coaches and the team as I continue to develop as a player.”
Last fall, Leesburg-native Dan Murray and Freedom High School graduate Kyle Perkins helped the Division III Fighting Hornets to an 11-6-2 record including an 8-2-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. On Nov. 6, Lynchburg fell to Virginia Wesleyan in the ODAC semifinal ending their 2013 campaign.
“I will add commitment, hard work and a positive attitude to the team,” Mayolo said. “The coaches are looking to play me in the midfield and have recruited me to fill the shoes of some of the seniors that will be graduating this year. I am ready to step up to the challenge, learn from the coaches and develop my abilities.”
Before settling on Lynchburg, Mayolo had one more question to ask himself and that was about the school itself. Mayolo felt the soccer program teamed with the academic options and school size made Lynchburg the perfect fit.
“At Lynchburg I will not just be a number or another face in the crowd,” Mayolo said. “The school is big enough where I will see someone new every day, but small enough so I don’t just blend in.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!