Gino Corasaniti was Cicero-North Syracuse's ultimate scoring weapon last fall.
With moves that defied standard defenses, the highly-skilled senior forward scored a league-high 20 goals while helping the Northstars win the CNYCL National division championship
Corasaniti's ability to create his own shot or set up a teammate also earned him league and All-CNY player of the year honors.
As if that wasn't enough, Corasaniti was named to the NSCAA/Adidas Boys Soccer High School All-American team last fall. He attended a ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 16 to receive his award with the other male and female players selected from the high school and college ranks.
Last fall, CNS coach Mike McCaffery called Corasaniti on his cell phone right before homeroom to tell him the good news. Corasaniti was blown away by the honor.
"I was really surprised," the humble Corasaniti said. "I was surprised to get player of the year in our league then this happened."
Corasaniti, 17, was among 35 forwards from across the country selected. Only three forwards from New York State were chosen
"There are a lot of kids out there who go on to big colleges and make national teams," he said. "Kids from New York usually don't get noticed or get the respect they deserve."
While in Philadelphia, Corasaniti received a warm-up jacket, a sports bag and a certificate to commemorate his All-American status. But one of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet famed television soccer announcer J.P. Dellacamera.
"It was a good time," said Corasaniti, who played his club ball with the Syracuse Blitz.
In February, Corasaniti will sign a letter of intent to play soccer at Niagara University. After receiving some interest from LeMoyne College, Syracuse University and Villanova, Corasaniti decided Niagara was the right place for him. He added that he will switch to outside midfield in college.