Mia Potamianos and Jenna Vespi
Editors of Production
The soccer season has come and gone, and for her achievements during that season, Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Alex Catanzarite was named All-American and All-CNY Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Catanzarite, who started playing soccer at the age of 5, sees every moment she’s on the field as a chance to improve. In the fall, the J-D Varsity Girls Soccer team finished as Class A state runner-ups for the second year in a row. Through it all, Catanzarite stayed positive. “Unfortunately we lost, but we got to meet a lot of new people, and it was a fun experience!”
Catanzarite’s perseverance has inspired many over the course of her soccer career. “She's never gonna stop: she's never satisfied with her skill set and she's always looking to better herself,” said J-DHS senior Angela Bussone. J-DHS Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Hayley Nies said “she's the ultimate teammate: she's very unselfish.” Catanzarite is said to be very high energy and as Coach Nies confirms; “she is always doing her best.” When reflecting on where her inspiration comes from, Catanzarite gives credit to her dad, Richard Catanzarite. Alex Catanzarite said that her dad “always motivates and pushes me to do my best and always work hard.”
In the eyes of her teammates, Catanzarite is more than just a star soccer player. As Bussone put it, “she's one of the most hard working players I’ve ever gotten to play with, it's very exciting being on her team.” These lifelong friends have been able to grow up together; both through grade school and on the soccer field. “Our moms were roommates in college so we’ve basically been best friends our whole lives,” said Bussone. Freshman Grace Dimkopoulos, who played with Catanzarite on the Varsity Girls Soccer team for the first time this year said, “being a freshman on the team, Alex was always making jokes and making us feel welcome. I’m sad she’s moving on, but she’ll definitely go far with her future.”
Throughout Catanzarite soccer career, she has always balanced her school soccer with club soccer- playing on Syracuse Soccer Academy and Syracuse Development Academy, which is where she currently plays, Olympic Development Program, Fusion and Soccer Central and she also plays on the high school team since her freshman year. Outside of soccer, Catanzarite participates in many other activities, including drum and piano lessons, Crossfit workouts, and she also likes to ice skate. “As a person, she's funny and always joking around with her teammates. She's high energy, but is always doing her best on the field,” said Coach Nies.
In May 2016, Catanzarite committed to play soccer for Bucknell University as a class of 2021 Bison. After talking to the coaches and visiting the campus, Catanzarite made the decision to pursue soccer after high school. “I really liked the coaching staff which makes me super excited to play next year and see how I can improve more,” said Catanzarite. She enters undecided on her major, but is sure to put her drive and talent into good use in her future.