If only I had a dollar for every high school soccer match I have attended....
Best HS match ever was 2005 D2 District Final between arch-rivals CVCA and Walsh, hosted by Twinsburg HS. Among many, many lesser lights playing in that match who also went on to play college ball, Ben Zemanski and Ben Speas for Royals with Michael Nanchoff for Warriors. Nice high school match-up, eh? I must say that Zemanski bossed the match, being the senior of the bunch. Nanchoff and Speas were juniors. I recall learning from Ben's father, Dan Zemanski, during the match that Ben had committed to Akron. And then Royals won in OT! Great match!
I have this match recorded on DVD, believe it or not. If you want a copy, we will find a way.
Congratulations to Ben Zemanski on a perfectly stellar soccer career! I have watched Ben from afar since his freshman year in high school, maybe earlier. I coached against him, even played against him (indoor). Yes. I enjoy the dubious distinction of having been burnt by multiple generations of Zemanskis. (cough)
As he progressed in levels of play, Ben was not always the most talented on the pitch, but he was usually among the smartest players, even on the professional level. He is probably my favorite Royal and my favorite Zip. Remember Caleb Porter referring to BZ as "our beating heart." That is the kind of player Ben was. And now his watch has ended. He will likely soon be terrorizing some over 30 league somewhere. Look out.
But the big question: How long before Ben Zemanski matriculates to Zips' bench? (I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.)