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July 20, 2013

Player of the Year Rowley sets sights on D-I soccer

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“I’d definitely like to play D-I soccer,” said Rowley, a member of the Cooperstown basketball squad that advanced to the Class C state semifinals in 2012. Rowley opted not to play basketball as a senior so he could concentrate on soccer. “The majority of schools I’ve talked to are D-I schools and my goal is to play D-I.”

Miosek said if Rowley adds some muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame, he’ll fit in fine at the D-I level.

“With some weight training, he can be a Division I player,” the longtime Cooperstown coach said. “He could be a defensive back. He has tremendous presence in the back. His love for the game will contribute highly to someone else’s program.”

Oneonta’s program is flourishing under Brannan. The Yellowjackets have reached the Section Four Class B final each of the last four years, winning titles in 2009 and 2011.

This past season — after graduating six starting seniors — OHS earned dramatic overtime victories against Vestal and Corning en route to winning the STAC title. It followed those two wins with a 2-1 sectional semifinal victory in overtime against Dryden before falling, 5-2, to Susquehanna Valley in the final.

Daily Star First Team All-Stars and recent graduates Connor Brown, Stijn van Pel, Ben Gollin led the way for Oneonta, along with soon-to-be seniors Griffin Rule and Zach Joseph.

The Yellowjackets lost nine players to graduation last month. Still, after the season-ending loss to SV, Brannan didn’t sound worried.

“This team really is overachievers,” he said at the time. “Nobody expected us to do anything. (SV) lost one player from last year’s team; we lost six. At the end of the game, I had five JV players in who were competing well against them. I was pretty happy.

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