Abington Heights boys soccer coach Steve Klingman believes controlling the midfield is critical to winning soccer games. Senior midfielder Chris Ferrario has played a big role in the team’s 2-0-1 start in Lackawanna League Division 1 play.
“Field vision is probably his best skill,” Klingman said. “He’s a very strong player technically, but the key is that he sees the field very well.”
According to Klingman, Ferrario is well balanced in all aspects of the game.
“He’s unselfish and distributes the ball really well,” he said. “He can hit the ball and is dangerous around the penalty area. He’s not a big, physical player, but he can contain the midfield.”
Klingman praised Ferrario’s endurance and commitment to the sport.
“His fitness level is really good,” he said. “He’s on the field 95 percent of the time.”
According to Klingman, Ferrario is not overly vocal, but communicates his message through his play and work ethic.
“His leadership is more by example,” Klingman said. “He never stops working and always gives 100 percent effort. He’s a real good kid. He works hard and sets a good example for the younger kids.”
Klingman believes Ferrario’s passion for the game has contributed to his success on the field.
“He plays a lot and really enjoys the game,” Klingman said. “If you’re a solid player, the more you play the better you will get. He’s an experienced player who is comfortable in tight situations and under pressure.”
The Clarks Summit resident was selected as a team captain this season, a testament to his sportsmanship on the field.
“I don’t know if he’s ever even had one yellow card called on him,” Klingman said.
Ferrario, who has been playing soccer since age 6 in the Abington Youth Soccer League, enjoys the team aspect of the sport.
“I like that it’s not just you out there,” he said. “Everyone is working together for a common goal.”
According to Ferrario, Klingman’s coaching experience has helped in his development as a player.
“He’s a former college coach, so he knows what to expect at higher levels of competition,” he said. “He’s really good at giving players individualized attention and he gives us a lot of help with our combination plays.”
After being a part of a district championship team as a sophomore, Ferrario is eager to win another gold medal.
“It was great to get a district championship,” he said. “I didn’t see much time on the field, but we had a great group of guys to work with.”
Ferrario has battled injuries throughout his career at Abington Heights. He broke his leg as a freshman and suffered a broken wrist last season, one day after being named to the Lackawanna League Division 1 first-team, but that hasn’t affected the way he plays the sport.
“That was a real bummer, but I haven’t lowered my intensity,” he said. “I still play hard and never miss a practice or go easy.”
Ferrario, 18, cherishes every minute on the field with his teammates.
“I don’t take playing the game for granted because I know what it’s like to be on the sidelines,” he said.
He served as class president during his sophomore and junior years. He is also a member of the Robotics team and a private pilot.
The son of Raymond and Barbara Ferrario, he hopes to continue his academic and athletic careers at the United States Air Force Academy. If accepted, he plans to study Air Space Engineering and attempt to walk-on to the soccer team.
Ferrario and the Comets will host North Pocono today, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.