East Aurora has a rich history in boys soccer. So when a player sets a new school record, it's quite an accomplishment. After a six-goal week, senior Bryce Schiltz is now the all-time leading goal scorer in program history.
In the second of three games last week, Schiltz's third goal of the game against Lake Shore on Senior Night was the 66th of his career and broke a mark set by Bryan Grabons from 1993-96. He went onto score two more against Pioneer the next day to put him at 68 heading into the Class A-2 playoffs, where the undefeated Blue Devils are the No. 1 seed.
Schiltz's record-setting performance makes him our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week.
You have heard about it , read about it - now here it is Bryce Schiltz's 66th goal which breaks the EAs all time career goal mark pic.twitter.com/OQyxvTKanB
— Blue Devil Soccer (@EABDSoccer) October 15, 2017
Position: Attacking midfield.
Coach Kevin Beale on Schiltz: "Bryce is an attacker, plain and simple, and has been a quality attacker since his freshman year and grew up with some fancy players like Harrison Fay and Noah Thompson – learning the Blue Devil way. I remember his first goal, it came in our first game of the year in our annual night with Iroquois and the crowd is chanting, 'He's-a-Fresh-man!' And it's like, wow, now Bryce is a senior. It's been a fast four years, and our young and old players have looked up to him leading our team.
"There have been expectations that come when you have been a prominent player and a player who has been productive since his freshman year, and Bryce has handled that as well as a young man can. Last year he was named ECIC III Player of the Year along with all-state honors and first team All-WNY and is not resting on his laurels. Like everyone in town he began playing for the Arsenal and when it was time he moved on to Buffalo Empire, where his game continued to develop.
"This past summer, he was the young gun again playing on the EAFC men's team with many of our past Blue Devils. It all comes full circle for our players. It's a great soccer community in that way, and the entire East Aurora community is proud of Bryce's accomplishments. It was pretty neat that he got the record on Senior Night with all 11 of our seniors on the field together. It was a special night for Bryce and his teammates and I think he still has a lot to give us."
How has your season gone so far?: On the season, our team is 16-0-0, only the third time we’ve ever finished the regular season undefeated at East Aurora. As for me personally, I have 23 goals and 6 assists so far (entering Wednesday).
Highlight of athletic career so far: The highlight of my career so far is my 2015 playoff run with East Aurora, where we beat I-Prep in overtime and Livonia in the Far West Regionals, allowing us to get to the state final where we were eventually the state runner-up.
Favorite thing about my sport: The relationships I’ve made along the way, especially playing alongside my high school teammates that I’ve been playing with since I was 8 or 9 years old.
Favorite teammate: Even though its hard to single out one teammate, I’d have to say that Jack Bean is my favorite because we push each other to be better, we link up very well on the field together, and we’ve played both club and school soccer together since we were 9 years old.
Toughest opponent: My toughest opponent personally this year has been St. Joe's because their back line was very difficult to break through with it being anchored by Andre Torrico and Spencer Frome, both of whom I play club soccer with at FC Buffalo.
WNY Athlete I looked up to: I looked up to East Aurora grad Noah Thompson because he was a very humble player on our team despite how good he was. He was very helpful in my development as a varsity player, taking me under his wing in my freshman year and being a huge part in my success sophomore year as well. We are still very close friends today.
Pro/college athlete I admire now: Christian Pulisic because at the age of 19 he is very mature and is basically single handedly carrying the U.S. Men's National Team. I admire that he is so successful and mature for both the national team and Dortmund at such a young age.
Favorite school subject: Science.
What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I am verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Scranton, where I plan on majoring in Biochemistry with aspirations of an eventual Ph.D in pharmacy.