2017 CIAO Berkshire County Soccer Hall of Fame inductee capsules

The CIAO Berkshire County Soccer Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony last Thursday night at Berkshire Hills Country Club. The dinner honored nine player Hall of Fame inductees and 22 scholarship recipients, as well as one Friend of Berkshire County Soccer award winner.

John Evans was awarded the Friend of Berkshire County Soccer honor. The nine player inductees included: Jonathan Aronoff, Kevin Crosier, Ben Downing, Katie Keator, Brian Poirier, Tom Rich, Gabriel Thaisz, Jessica Langenback and Theresa Troiano-Sonsini.

The scholarship winners were: Aubrey Rumbolt (Drury), Hunter Harpin (Drury), Olivia Bresett (Hoosac Valley), Steven Crouch (Hoosac Valley), Karli Retzel (Lee), Sara Molk (Lenox), Luke Murphy (Lenox), Jordan Budaj (McCann Tech), Nico Moreno (McCann Tech), Hailey Higgins (Monument Mountain), Dan Newey (Monument Mountain), Maya Neski (Mount Everett), Ellis Waldman (Mount Everett), Sarah Stripp (Mount Greylock), Zach Condon (Mount Greylock), Hannah Dargie (Pittsfield), Jon Bile (Pittsfield), Peter Xu (St. Joseph), Kristen Borelli (Taconic), Ryan Abel (Taconic), Lily Pudlo (Wahconah) and Isaac Voltoline (Wahconah).

Here's a look at the Hall of Fame class, and its contributions to soccer in Berkshire County:

John Evans, Friend of Berkshire County Soccer award

Evans did not play high school soccer, but he was a three-year player for Holy Cross in college. Evans was recognized for his contributions to youth soccer in the county. John was instrumental in starting the Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer program in 1988/1989. Evans coached all age groups, and his coaching credentials include the Monument Mountain JV team, Westenhook United and Westfield State. Evans has also given his time to Hot Futbol in Port Au Prince, Haiti, for the last 10 years.

Johnathan Aronoff

Aronoff graduated from Monument Mountain in 1971, and was a forward for the Spartans during that time. Aronoff was an All-Berkshire selection in his final two seasons. Aronoff went on to play for USC San Diego and BYU's club team, and played semi-professional soccer.

Kevin Crosier

A 1992 graduate from Wahconah, Crosier led the Warriors to a Western Mass. championship during his playing days as a left half/center forward. Crosier was a two-time selection to both All-Berkshire County and All-Western Mass. teams. Crosier played for Merrimack in college.

Benjamin Downing

The former state senator graduated from St. Joseph in 1999, where he was a three-year starter in goal for the Crusaders. He was on the 1997 and 1998 Western Mass. championship teams, and helped the Crusaders reach the state championship game. He was an All-Berkshire and All-Western Mass. selection as a senior.

Katie Keator

Keator was a four-year varsity player for St. Joseph, graduating in 1988. She played as a center back for the Crusaders. Keator went on to play at LeMonye, where she played for four years and was a captain as a junior and senior.

Brian Poirier

A three-year player for Wahconah, Poirier graduated in 1988. He scored 22 goals in his senior year, garnering All-Berkshire and All-Western Mass. honors. In college, Poirier played four years for UMass Dartmouth.

Tom Rich

A 1970 graduate of Mount Greylock, Rich played as a striker and as a midfielder for the Mounties. He earned two first-team, All-Berkshire recognitions in his career. In college, Rich played for Middlebury from 1970-73, and was on the back-to-back undefeated teams in 1972 and 1973.

Gabriel Thiasz

Thaisz was a sweeper for Mount Greylock, and graduated in 2000. He was a two time All-Berkshire first team honoree, and was an All-Western Mass. selection as a senior. He played rugby for Cornell in college.

Jessica Tietgens Lagenback

The youngest inductee this year, Lagenback graduated from Drury in 2006. A striker, Lagenback was an All-Transcript and All-Berkshire selection during her time as a Blue Devil. She played for MCLA in college, and still holds the single season and career points records for the Trailblazers, amassing 199 points in her college career.

Theresa Troiano-Sonsini

A defender for Monument Mountain, Troiano-Sonsini graduated in 1987. She was an All-Berkshire, All-Western Mass. and All-State honoree as a Spartan, and made a U.S. team that traveled to Europe in 1988. She played collegiately for Hartwick College.


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