By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross senior soccer player Drew Smith was selected All-Region for a second time.
And he also has four Division II first-team selections as a high school soccer performer to his credit.
So what does he do for an encore?
He accumulates a highly impressive 3.95 academic average and commits to attend Marywood University to study business and play soccer next fall.
Drew had 20 assists and 21 goals for a Holy Cross soccer team that won its second consecutive District 2 Class 1A title.
The two-time All-Region pick accounted for 60 career goals and 65 career assists.
Holy Cross finished the soccer season at 16-2-2, winning the district title over Old Forge, 4-1.
Son of Todd and Debra Smith, Drew is coached by Joe Dodgson at Holy Cross.
Well-spoken and polite, Drew has been playing travel soccer since the fourth grade. He currently plays travel soccer for Nitro, a team coached by Mike Piranian and composed of players from the Scranton and Wilkes Barre areas. Piranian is also the Wilkes University men’s soccer coach.
Drew gives a lot of credit to Piranian. “He taught me a lot and helped me get recruited,” he said.
The senior scholar-athlete said the biggest lesson he learned from Holy Cross soccer coach Dodgson is that his teammates and coaches are like a family.
Drew talked about what it takes to excel at soccer on the high school level. “Love the game and the people you play with,” he said.
“And always put in the extra work.”
His mom and dad have been mentors all the way through.
“My mom and dad always tell me to focus on school and that having a good education is one of the most important things in life.”
The humble, hard-working senior will return this spring for his second year as a javelin thrower on the Holy Cross track and field team.
He is also a member of the TRU club and digital media and design club at Holy Cross.
Drew plays about 35 travel soccer games a year. He plays year round when not playing on the school’s team. He played two travel soccer games on the day of this interview. “I love it,” he said.
He plays defensive middle man on the travel team. Drew played attacking middle man on the Holy Cross soccer team.
The articulate senior keeps his future goals simple. “I want to play soccer in college and graduate from Marywood with a business degree. I might go into supply chain management. I want to have a successful life out of college. I want to get a good job, be happy and have a happy family. I want to live a normal life.”
Drew said he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Holy Cross. “I loved every second of my four years here,” he said. “I will continue to enjoy the final months. My friends here made it amazing. The faculty at Holy Cross is extremely supportive.
“Being a member of the soccer team has been a tremendous experience. My soccer teammates are especially amazing friends.”