Bryce Romanello has had a successful soccer career at Valley in every sense of the word. The only question was where Romanello would choose to spend the next four years of his life developing his skills. Everyone might have been asking that question except Romanello.
Romanello has chosen to continue his career at Shawnee State University. Romanello knew he was destined to join the SSU program and didn’t entertain any other offers.
“They’re close, convenient,” Romanello said. “I get to play with some friends. That kind of helped my decision.”
Before he could even sign his Letter of Intent, Romanello already found himself recruiting for the Bears. After a defensive prospect backed out, Bears head coach Mark Trapp begin looking at Valley senior Aaron Linne as a potential replacement — a move Romanello was elated to hear.
After a phone conversation, Romanello had already helped SSU’s recruiting class by brining a close friend on board and a defensive player of the year award winner to the team.
Indians head coach Jeremy Duncan knows that’s one of Romanello’s best traits.
“Leader is one of the best words to describe him,” Duncan said. “He doesn’t go looking for the title, people come looking for him and that’s because of the way he carries himself.
“He’s a great athlete, works very hard and excels in everything that he does. For as long as I’ve been coaching, Bryce is the only player that I’ve ever had that was voted a captain as a junior and as a senior. That shows a lot about his leadership abilities and what the other players on the team thing about him — to vote him as a captain for two years speaks volumes.”
Romanello is prepared to help the Bears achieve the same type of success he enjoyed at Valley.
“Me and Linne will just put in the work,” Romanello said. “We’ve already got a good flow with each other. We’ll put in the work and hope to get a good outcome.”
Now that he’s officially a collegiate athlete, Romanello has something else he has in common with his father, Matt Romanello.
“I’m really excited,” Romanello said. “I get to follow him my dad’s footsteps. He played at Marshall. I’m sure it made him a little proud.”
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