Postseason roundup: Wheeler’s Condon earns first-team ECC Division III All-Star honors in boys soccer

Postseason roundup: Wheeler’s Condon earns first-team ECC Division III All-Star honors in boys soccer

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NORTH STONINGTON — Whatever the Wheeler High boys soccer team required of Ryan Condon, he did it. He did it well, and he did it with poise.

Condon, a senior midfielder/center back, led the Lions in scoring (7 goals, team-leading 6 assists), moved to the defensive third when necessary and was instrumental to a midseason surge that saw the team win four of its five games on the season. He was awarded with ECC Division III first-team All-Star honors.

“He did a very good job for us,” Wheeler coach Joe Mendonca said. “When we needed a strong midfield, we started him in the midfield. When the back line needed support, we’d bring him back to help strengthen the defense. Whatever we needed, he was there for us.

“He’s very composed,” Mendonca added. “He doesn’t get erratic. That’s the best way to describe him: He’s very composed — on defense or with the ball. Technically, he’s very good.”

Over a five-game midseason stretch, Condon scored four goals, one in each victory, and had four assists as the Lions went 4-1 to improve to 5-8. They would go on to finish 5-11.

Condon also played in the Senior Bowl, which includes the state’s best seniors.

“Leadership has a lot to do with [his value to the Lions], too,” Mendonca said. “He deserves credit for that. We had only two seniors on the whole team.”

Condon was an honorable-mention pick last season.

Wheeler had three honorable mentions on this year’s D-III All-Star team: Sophomore Bowen Baker, junior Seth Jones and sophomore Scott Pion.

Baker, who started every game at goalkeeper, “played very well for us,” Mendonca said. “He’s one of our key players.”

Jones, an outside back, had two goals and three assists, and will be counted upon next year for the Lions, as will Baker and Pion.

Pion, a forward, led the Lions with eight goals to go with one assist despite missing a few games. He had a hat trick in Wheeler’s 4-0 win over Plainfield on Oct. 10.

Condon was also the team’s scholar-athlete award winner; senior Cody Johnston won the sportsmanship award.


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