By Mary Albl
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FAIRFIELD -- After a storybook senior season at Fairfield Prep on the pitch, goaltender Will Steiner’s
Wednesday morning, Steiner signed his official Letter of Intent to Villanova University, in Villanova,
Pa. to play soccer for the Wildcats.
was always very interested in Villanova for both its engineering
program and the strong soccer
program there,” he said. “I took a visit their last year and I loved it
and I love the coaching staff, the team and enjoyed my visit very much,
so it was pretty easy decision for me.”
helped guide Prep to its best season in school history last fall,
finishing 20-3-1, and runner
up in the Class LL state title game to Norwalk. Steiner was named
All-American for his efforts as he recorded 17 shutouts his senior
season, and was the MVP of the Southern Connecticut Conference
Tournament. He was also named the Register’s All-Area MVP.
will be playing in the Big East Conference this fall, as Villanova
finished 12-6-2 in 2012.
The Wildcats recently announced the hiring of Zach Thornton as the
associated head coach. Thornton is a former Major League Soccer
goalkeeper and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Steiner said he’s
excited about the opportunity to work with Thornton and
expand his game.
mean, not much more I can ask for in a great coach,” Steiner said.
“He’s definitely going to help
me a lot. I was there this weekend for my official and talking to them;
it’s just keep getting better there and I’m excited to work with them
and their coaching staff and to just be a part of that team.”