By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 9, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Zach Poretz has committed to continue his soccer career at Hobart College beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I was looking for a small liberal arts school with a good soccer program and Hobart was everything I wanted in a school,” said the 5-foot-8 Poretz. “It’s a relief because I looked at a lot of other schools and it was a long process.”
Last spring, the Broad Run Spartans lost their last match of the season to Oakton by the score of 4-1 in the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal capping off their season at 15-5-3.
In 2014, Poretz will have Roanoke College commit and Broad Run teammate Lucas Martin by his side as they look to return to the state tournament.
“The team made a good run last year, and we have a lot of upperclassmen this year,” said Poretz who plays club soccer for Loudoun ’95 Red “A lot of us have played together since we were kids so our goal is to win districts, regionals and play our best going into states.”
Born in Fairfax, Poretz said while soccer has always been his favorite sport, the young men he gets to play with have an intense drive which pushes him as well.
“It’s always been my passion, but my teammates are all really competitive so they keep me motivated to play my best,” Poretz said.
Poretz will take that motivation with him this fall as he becomes a member of the DIII Statesmen who finished 11-8-1 in 2013. Hobart lost their final game of the season to the Sage Gators in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro tournament.
“They want to play a very possession-oriented style, and I think I’ll be able to help,” said Poretz who will play midfield for the Statesmen.
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!