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Perez sweeps soccer honors

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
Ringgold's Jeremy Perez in action versus Bethel Park on September 24, 2013, in Monongahela.

It's no secret that Jeremy Perez is one of the finest soccer players to ever play for Ringgold.

The senior forward garnered the trifecta of all-star lists, being named to the Section 4 AAA Finest Fifteen, WPIAL Class AAA and All-State teams.

He was also named Player of the Year in Section 4 AAA.

Perez, a captain for the Rams (12-5-1), scored a school record 29 goals this season. He has been named all-section three times. He is the third Ringgold player to pick up all three honors in one season and the second in a row following Nick Cicchon in 2012.

His coach and father, Frank Perez, knew Jeremy was a solid player, but wasn't sure just how good until he watched him in the summer.

“He played in the Olympic Development Program and went up against the best kids out there and more than held his own,” Frank Perez said. “I could see, against that talent, the skill level was there.”

Jeremy Perez has yet to pick a college, but is being recruited by numerous schools, including Seton Hill, Sienna and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Perez was one of three Ringgold players to make the Finest Fifteen, along with juniors James Snyder and Josh Briscoe.

Snyder, a keeper, recorded 11 shutouts, and Briscoe, a defender, was one of the toughest defensive players in the section.

“James is a talented kid,” his coach said. “He has started in goal for us since he was a freshman and is probably as good in the field as he is in the net.”

Perez said Briscoe, while not having impressive stats, is a key to why Ringgold has been so successful in soccer.

“He is definitely one of the reasons we are able to do what we do,” Perez said. “He is a tremendous athlete and is on his way to becoming an outstanding soccer player.

“At his position, he goes up against the best player from the other team every single game and holds his own.”

Section champ Bethel Park had three players on the Finest Fifteen, and coach Mike Galietta was named Coach of the Year.

Baldwin, Trinity and Mt. Lebanon also had three players each named to the section list.

Also for Ringgold, junior midfielder Ryan Colagiovani was named to the section's honorable mention list.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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