Story by Janmarie Foschini
Joseph Holder from Greenwood Lake and Aden Razukiewicz from Warwick both play Varsity Soccer for Warwick Valley High School (WVHS). The boys are about to begin their sophomore year at WVHS next month and have been very busy these last several weeks.
National Premier League Playoffs
Aside from being part of the WVHS Varsity soccer team, the boys are also members of the Cedar Stars Academy National Premiere League (CSANPL). Recently, along with their CSANPL teammates, they attended the 2019 Elite National Premier League (ENPL) National Playoff that was held in late June in Illinois. The team was one of the top eight teams to advance to the 2019 ENPL National Finals that were held mid-July in Colorado. Although they did not advance to the final game, the team played hard, and it was a great experience.
G.L. Community Supports Holder, Team
Playing since age three and in a travel program since age six, soccer is a big part of life for Holder. His dedication and determination are a true testament to his character. Holder has been the leading scorer for CSA, scoring when his team needed him the most to advance in State Cup and ENPL playoffs. Many of his goals have been headers.
Members of the Greenwood Lake community came together to support the team by putting up a large movie screen at the Ben Winstanley Park to cheer on the team. Upon Holder’s return home, he was greeted by his neighborhood, family and friends with signs, cheers and fireworks
“We are so proud of Joseph and his NPL team. We look forward to watching Joseph grow as a player with both his CSA and high school teams. Our family would like to thank the wonderful Greenwood Lake Community for all their love and support,” said Tommy Holder, Joseph’s father.
Razukiewicz Dreams of College Soccer & Beyond
Aden Razukiewicz started playing Warwick Recreational soccer at age seven. He showed a natural instinct for the goalkeeping position and quickly moved on to the next level as part of the Warwick Travel program as a starting goalkeeper.
Razukiewicz has been the starting goalkeeper for his CSANPL team since joining three years ago. By making key saves, Razukiewicz helped lead his team to the National Championship Series this year. One of Aden’s main goals is to play for a Division-1 college, and he currently trains several nights a week. His ultimate goal is to become a professional goalkeeper.
“We are so very proud of Aden and all that he has accomplished. We admire his dedication to the sport and will continue to support him any way we can to help him realize his dreams,” said Christine Razukiewicz, Aden’s mother.