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Francesco Romano Ready for Queen’s Soccer

SMCS student-athlete Francesco Romano with dad and coach Miko Romano

Following one of the most successful soccer seasons in St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) history, Grade 12 student Francesco Romano is ready to take the skills he used this past season to Queen’s University.

“I chose to go to Queen’s because of the top-notch soccer team and great student body,” says Romano. “I have been eyeing Queen’s since the start of Grade 12, ever since I met the coach of the soccer team. The professionalism and friendliness of the coaching staff made my choice a very easy decision.”

He adds, “The soccer programme is very professional and has a history of success. I know some players who are playing there now who are very good, and the coaching staff have been friendly and have a drive to always improve.”

While competing on the field, Romano has plans to study economics at Queen’s.

“My St. Michael’s soccer experience has been amazing,” he says. “I started on the junior team in Grade 10 and kept playing with the team until I finished my senior season. Becoming the first CISAA Sr. Soccer champion in St. Michael’s history is a memory I will never forget.”

SMCS took home its first CISAA Championship trophy after a 4-0 win against De La Salle, with Romano credited for his unstoppable goalkeeper performance.

“Francesco has been an integral part of the school’s soccer programme for his four years at St. Michael’s,” says Noel Di Tosto, math teacher and coach. “He is a leader on the field and motivates his classmates off the pitch. He is dedicated to improving every day, and this has been shown through his growth over the past four years.”

In addition to his important role on the SMCS Sr. Soccer team, Romano regularly participated in the school’s intramural programme.

“My favourite was my intramural soccer team, Lala FC, whom I’ve been a part of since junior year,” he says. “We won the league after many hard-fought victories and eventually the famous ‘Metro Bowl.’ Our players have been some of my closest friends through the years, making this achievement even more memorable.”

SMCS student-athlete Francesco Romano, Grade 12, playing soccer.

Growing up, Romano played at Etobicoke Energy and recently won the league championship with his current team outside of SMCS, the North Toronto Nitros.

“St. Michael’s competitive atmosphere and challenging athletic teams have inspired me to become the best athlete I can be,” says Romano. “The school has motivated me to achieve a higher level in sports and taught me to never give up on my goals and always keep pushing.”

SMCS Sr. Soccer team after winning the CISAA Championship

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