Eric Cava, Broadneck, boys soccer

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November 15, 2006|By [PAT O'MALLEY] | [PAT O'MALLEY],Sun Reporter

After being named an All-American last year while playing at Abington High in Pennsylvania, Eric Cava and his family moved into the Broadneck district for his senior year. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Cava scored eight goals, playing all over the field for the Class 4A state semifinalists. He has accepted a scholarship to Clemson.

Why did you choose Broadneck for your move to Maryland?

One of my best friends, Abe Hunter, moved down from Pennsylvsania to Broadneck two years ago and has been playing there and he highly recommended it. We looked into the school and program and they got to the state finals last year. Academically it is challenging in a college-like environment. So, my mom and dad started looking for a house in the Broadneck district.

You had the scholarship to Clemson before you got here after scoring 60 goals in your first three years of high school. How do you compare the soccer here to that in Abington?

It's more competitive here. Much better soccer and the coaching is very good at Broadneck with coach [Sean] Tettemer. And it sure is a lot warmer. It's cold in Abington.

What other colleges showed interest in you besides Clemson?

St. John's, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and Maryland called the day after I committed to Clemson. A lot of the colleges had seen me in the [Elite Soccer Program], where 136 players across the nation participate in Connecticut, and I made the All-Star team two years in a row.

Where else have you played soccer?

I've played overseas in England and Italy against pro teams when I was 16 and 17 years old. I really got a lot out of it, new cultures and environment built around soccer.

When did you start taking soccer seriously?

When I was younger I played every sport, but when I turned 12, I really started to enjoy it and made the [Olympic Development Program] under-13 team representing the state as a 12-year old. And I just kept liking soccer, more and more.

What do you need to do to excel at the next level?

I need to improve my speed and skills and build my strength because of the better level of soccer I will be playing. My goals are to get my degree [in education or business] and hope that when I finish I have the ability to play for a pro team [outdoors]. I hope to be there.

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