|COLLEGE SIGNING: TIOGA'S PASSETTI WILL CONTINUE SOCCER, TRACK CAREERS AT ALFRED UNIVERSITY (4 PHOTOS) (2017-06-17)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Tioga senior Holly Passetti will continue her soccer and track & field careers at Alfred University in the fall after signing a letter-of-intent Tuesday afternoon in front of friends and family here in the high school library.
Passetti said she liked the hometown feel of Alfred.
“I really liked it there,” she said. “It’s a small school and I come from a small school here. It really felt like home.”
She also enjoyed her time with the soccer team.
“All the players and coaches were really nice,” said Passetti. “The team wasn’t cliquey at all, they all had a really good connection. I just felt like I fit in there.”
While the fall will be occupied by soccer, the spring will bring track & field.
“I’m excited to be able to run track as well,” she said. “It will be fun and it’s exciting.”
Several of Passetti’s high school coaches were on hand and have no doubt she’s be successful a the next level, whether it be soccer or track.
“She has all the intangibles and accolades you can attribute to an athlete — dedication, reliability, hard work, especially the hard work, and that’s what’s going to take her places,” said Jim Walsh, who coached Passetti in the final three years of her high school career.
“I’m super excited for her,” said Dave Reese, who coached Passetti in her first two years on varsity.
“I kind of knew from the first moment I saw her play in 8th grade … she could do such amazing things at such a young age, I knew she would play at the next level.
“The thing about Holly is she works hard and she makes plays,” added Reese.
Eric Gutierrez, who has coached Passetti throughout her varsity track & field career, believes Alfred University is getting an all-around and versatile athlete.
“She’s going to do well,” he said. “They will be able to find a lot places for her. She can fit into just about anywhere.
“They’re getting someone they’re going to be able to build into a great leader,” he noted. “We didn’t name captains this year, but all the kids ended up listening to her and following her lead.
“Alfred is getting a good athlete and a good person,” added Gutierrez.
While she’ll be running track, soccer is Passetti’s main passion.
“I’m super excited about playing soccer at college,” she said. “It’s such a passion of mine. I’ve loved soccer since I was little and first able to kick the ball around. I’m just really excited to be able to continue playing.”
She knows, however, she has work to do this summer.
“To play at the next level, I definitely have to work on my speed and my touches, and coming out of the back,” said Passetti. “I need to work on bringing my physicality and speed up another level, because the game is so different than travel ball.”
As for academics, Passetti is majoring in Science.
“I’d like to get into forensic science,” she said. “I’ve always loved the mystery and crime shows, so I thought it would be a cool thing to do.”
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga senior Holly Passetti. IN PHOTOS 2-3: Tioga senior Holly Passetti is flanked by parents Sue and Mike Passetti. IN PHOTO 4: Tioga senior Holly Passetti is flanked by parents Sue and Mike Passetti. Back row, from left: Eric Gutierrez, Dave Reese, and Jim Walsh. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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