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Soccer Star Makes his Goals Count


Alex Kades has dominated the soccer world on the Main Line over the last three years. His 26 goals headed into October 26th’s PIAA District 1 AAA soccer game against Central League rival and host Radnor cemented his status in Rams’ history and earned him a chance to play for Penn in two years. But his next goal, number 27, in the second overtime of a scoreless tie that advanced Harriton to the next round of the districts will be one remembered by the hundreds in attendance for forever.

“That moment was definitely the best moment of my soccer career,” said Kades of his breakaway goal that ended an intense gut-wrenching game, in which both goaltenders kept extending the game with tremendous saves. “To score a goal in double overtime in front of all my friends and family was incredible.”

Kades is one of the top four goal scorers in the Delaware Valley this year but has been a three-year starter for Harriton. He hopes to have an impact academically and athletically at Penn in two years. “I hope to be a significant part of the Penn soccer team all four years,” he said. “I think it is a unique opportunity to play at a school with real academics and a strong soccer program.”

So, how does a smallish player like him — a lithe 5-foot-7-inches tall — make such an impact in the game, especially offensively? “In previous years, goal scoring was not my strength,” he said. “To take my game to the next level, I began focusing on how to put the ball in the back of the net. This year, especially, I have tremendous chemistry with all of my teammates. When we are on the same page, it is easier to create scoring chances.”

Kades though may never have a bigger moment in sports as he did on that late October day. “The fame was definitely intense,” he said. “Both crowds were very loud. Those types of games are most fun to play in because the stakes are the highest.” He insists that he won’t let it go to his head. Kades said he will practice even harder to help his team advance in the playoffs and to do well at Penn. “As soon as I started playing soccer, I learned that repetition makes you better. I constantly go out to soccer fields by myself to refine and improve my game."

Kades’ heroics didn’t end with the Radnor game. Though he didn’t score he led his team to a 3-2 win over Holy Ghost Prep on October 30th and he scored both of his team’s goals in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Bishop Shanahan on Nov. 2 in a District 1 AAA final game played at Methacton. He received a minor concussion in the game. He is expected to compete in the state tournament which is scheduled to start Nov. 8.

 

Soccer Star Makes his Goals Count
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Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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