Recognition For Trojan’s Keogh and Biscone “Exceptional Seniors” Soccer Players
Patrick Keogh and Tyler Biscone are products of Garden City’s Centennial Soccer program as well as the Garden City Middle School and High School soccer teams . They started out in the pre- K division as four and five year old aspiring athletes and tried out for travel soccer in the fourth grade. Patrick and Tyler found spots on the Jaguars, a “C” team coached by lifelong GC resident Janice Bruno. The Jaguars competed in local LIJSL games and at the Cody Tournament inWindsor Connecticut which became an annual Columbus Day Weekend tradition for Garden City soccer players and their families who visited the local pumpkin farms between games and team dinners. In their debut season under Coach Bruno, the Jaguars made it all the way to the Waldbaum’s Cup Final at Stony Brook University by winning a nail-biter of a semi-final game in a shootout in which Keogh scored one of the crucial goals and Biscone made the game ending punch-out save.
The duo was elevated to the “A” team Thunderbolts before long and improved their skills under Coach Bill Metzler, also an alum of the Garden City Trojans and life-long GC resident. In addition to playing Thunder Football, Keogh played lacrosse and Biscone played baseball and ice hockey. While much of the local soccer talent was lost to other sports, both Tyler Biscone and Patrick Keogh favored soccer as their primary and eventually only sport and had aspirations of playing at a higher level on Division One and Premier teams.
As high school Sophomores, both were awarded spots on the Trojans Varsity roster as did former Jaguar’s teammate and 2012 Trojan’s Team Captain Marc Schwendemann.. Keogh and Biscone are also teammates on the Bayside Aurburndale Premier Soccer Team and have competed at Showcase Tournaments in Orlando, Virginia and Maryland. They were both selected to compete in the 2012 Nassau County Executive’s Cup although they were placed on opposing teams with the game ending in a shootout.
Their soccer journey continued this season under the direction of first year Varsity Coach Paul Cutter. MSG Varsity selected the pair as “Players of the Game” and interviewed them after Keogh scored the go-ahead goal and Biscone made some dramatic diving saves for a Trojans shut-out against a frustrated Roslyn squad. Although disappointed by early elimination in the Nassau County playoffs, Tyler Biscone was awarded All Conference Net Keeper and Patrick Keogh received All County recognition. Trojan’s Junior Jack Gillan(son of Trojans Soccer Phenom and Centennials Coach Tom Gillan) and Seniors Kyle Ritchie and Marc Schwendemann also received All Conference status.
The season was over but the high school soccer ride was not yet over for Keogh and Biscone. As All County and All Conference players, respectively, each earned the right to try out for the Nassau County Exceptional Seniors team pitting the best of Nassau County’s players against their Suffolk County counterparts. Both Patrick and Tyler were selected to compete in the Exceptional Seniors College Showcase game at St. Joseph’s College Athletic facility last weekend. Suffolk prevailed in the opening game and the second and final contest ended in a scoreless tie.
Both Tyler Biscone and Patrick Keogh aspire to play collegiate soccer and will be heading down to Orlando with Bayside-Aurburndale Premier next month for a College Showcase. They are two examples of Garden City Soccer players who formed a love of the game at a very young age as a result of the Centennial’s Youth Soccer and scholastic athletic programs....and never lost it! Keogh and Biscone should be proud of their accomplishments which were direct results of exemplary coaching, hard work and dedication to the sport of Soccer. As one chapter ends, another begins.