Local honored by soccer conference
by Jack Deming
Nov 14, 2013 | 2227 views | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jared Cipriano on the field for Elmira College.
Jared Cipriano on the field for Elmira College.
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ELMIRA, NY- Jared Cipriano grew up in Wilmington’s soccer rich culture, playing year-round wherever he could find a ball and a net to kick it in. It was that dedication to the game that propelled him through high school games at Twin Valley High School, and has more recently led to recognition for his play at the collegiate level.

“My high school career made me want to progress my game into college,” said Cipriano, who graduated from TVHS in 2010. “I got a decent amount of recognition in my high school years, which pushed me to play on.”

Cipriano is in his senior year at Elmira College where he is studying sociology and anthropology while minoring in English. All four of his college years have been spent on the soccer field as well, playing outside back for the Soaring Eagles for the past year and a half, after making a switch from forward and outside midfielder.

Cipriano was honored for his defensive play this year by the Empire 8, the NCAA Division III conference in upstate New York that Elmira competes in. Cipriano was named to the Empire 8 men’s soccer all-conference second team. This is the first major honor Cipriano has received at the collegiate level, and Cipriano said it was great to be recognized in a league that features high competition.

Elmira came within one goal of making it to the playoffs, and Cipriano would end the season with two points off of assists. “On the defensive side I saw definitely a bigger part of the game,” said Cipriano. “It’s been great, and it definitely was a jump up from high school, and a shock at first, but definitely a lot of fun since the competition level is high.

“I never took a break and it translated into college. The group of guys on my team were all very talented and the coaching staff was awesome as well.”

At TVHS, Cipriano’s soccer teams never were able to make it past the semifinals, but Cipriano was also on the basketball team, and in the spring he excelled at track and field. In 2009 and 2010, Cipriano was a state champion in hurdles and was part of a 4x100 relay team that won a state championship in 2010.

Jared is the son of Leitha and Donald Cipriano, of Wilmington.

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