Mike Pistorio, Harford Tech, soccer

Q&A --

October 15, 2006|By BILL FREE

Harford Tech senior Mike Pistorio has used his four years as a starting midfielder to help build tradition at the school. Pistorio has been noted for his distribution of the ball at midfield, and he also has a strong defensive reputation. He was a first-team All-Harford County selection last season and is studying sports medicine in one of his courses.

What is your most exciting goal at Harford Tech?

I guess it came as a freshman when I was playing against Perryville. I had a left-footed chip shot from 20 yards that scored. I'm right-footed.

What's your biggest accomplishment in high school soccer?

Leading the team all four years on the field. I had a big part [in the team's overall success and an 8-1-1 start this season].

What's the weirdest thing that ever happened to you on the soccer field?

I had my leg wrapped against Havre de Grace, and I couldn't really run with it on. My hip flexor [muscle] was bothering me. It was cool because I put it on at halftime, and five minutes into the half, I pulled my pants down right there and ripped it off. Everybody laughed. In like 30 seconds, I got the ball and chipped it up, and we scored. I got an assist.

What is it going to take for your school to get more soccer recognition?

What is really holding us back is for years Harford Tech soccer and Tech sports in general have been cast aside, and people come into games thinking they are going to just run us over and they have a built-up confidence already. But I think this year, especially in soccer, Harford Tech has really shown we can't be pushed around anymore. I think we've been in the [Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's] lower division [Susquehanna] for three years. If we win this year, we're going to move up [to the Chesapeake Division]. So as soon as we move up, I think Harford Tech soccer is going to go through the roof.

How far do you want to take soccer in your life?

I think I would like to play soccer in college. Go play college ball and then it will probably be over for me, I'm sad to say. But I love to coach, and I really want to do something with coaching probably my whole life. I have an under-8 team right now, and I just love it. I like teaching someone something about the game and seeing them apply it. It's an amazing feeling.

What college do you want to attend?

I'm looking at two schools in Virginia. Bridgewater is one of them, and maybe Essex Community College because they have a good soccer program.

You've become a star without scoring many goals. Do you like that role?

I'd rather play in the middle and set up other players. I'd rather play a setup role. You have to be a little greedy to be a forward.

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